The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced the life ban slammed on former international, Samson Siasia to five years following his appeal against the decision rendered by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on 11 April 2019.
It will be recalled the former Super Eagles coach was found guilty of infringement of article 1 (bribery) of the 2009 FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned with a life ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) and a fine of CHF 50,000 (N22.3m) was imposed on him.
In 2010, a match fixer tried to involve Samson Siasia as a coach of a club under his strict instructions. With the promise of employment benefits, Mr Siasia would have had to always field several players under the control of the match fixer.
The negotiations between the match fixer and Mr Siasia in relation to the conditions of employment were conducted by email over a period of two months.
Eventually, the club did not accept or could not afford Mr Siasia’s requests and the negotiations ended.
“However, the Panel considered in the particular circumstances of this matter that it would be inappropriate and excessive to impose a financial sanction in addition to the five-year ban, since the ban sanction already incorporated a financial punishment in eliminating football as a source of revenue for Mr Siasia, and considering that Mr Siasia had not obtained any gain or pecuniary benefit from his unethical behavior,” CAS said in a statement.
In his reaction, Siasia said he could not give more details just yet when our reporter reached out to him.
“I can’t talk now. I need to talk to my lawyers first before I will know what to do or say,” he said in a Whatsapp message.