FIFA bans another Nigerian coach, Remi Amadi for attempted match fixing

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FIFA bans another Nigerian coach, Remi Amadi for attempted match fixing

World Football Governing Body, FIFA have slammed the coach of Cofine FC of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Remi Amadi with a global ban of two years from all football-related activities after he was found guilty of attempted match manipulation.

The world body’s Disciplinary Committee conveyed this decision to the Nigeria Football Federation, and it is a consequence of a similar ban imposed on the gaffer by the NFF Disciplinary Committee at its meeting of 16th August 2021.

The NFF Integrity Unit forwarded the said decision of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and all the relevant documentations to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee via a letter dated 25th August 2021, requesting the Committee to extend the sanction to have a worldwide effect, in accordance with Article 66, FIFA Disciplinary Code.

During the meeting in August, Amadi admitted before the NFF committee that  he attempted to manipulate the outcome or result of the match between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC played March 15th, 2021 at the University of Calabar Stadium as documented in an audio conversation between them.

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He also admitted that if the attempted manipulation had pulled through, the Club, Cofine FC would have benefited from such manipulation.

“Coach Remi Amadi is found guilty of master-minding the attempted match manipulation between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC in a match played on 15th March, 2021 at University of Calabar Stadium, Cross Rivers State and is hereby banned for a period of two (2) years from taking part in any football related activities from the 15th March, 2021 until the 14th March, 2023”.

His accomplice, coach Emeka Okoronkwo was fined N500,000, while the result of the match between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC played on 15th March, 2021 at University of Calabar Stadium, Cross Rivers State was cancelled.

The worldwide effect was activated by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee at its meeting of 5th October 2021.

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