CAS cancel Siasia $50,000, reduces FIFA life ban to 5years
The former coach of the Super Eagles, Samsom Siasia, has had a life ban from football reduced to just five years by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
World football governing body FIFA banned Samson for life and fined him $50,000 in August 2019 for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches’ for betting purposes.
According to FIFA, the Olympic silver medallist’s former Super Eagles coach’s ban came after an extensive investigation into matches that Wilson Perumal attempted to fix.
FIFA’s statement through the independent Ethics Committee said, “Siasia was found guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches that Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.”
But Siasia denied the charges laid against him and also appealed the ban at CAS.
In its judgment, CAS said it “determined the imposition of a life ban to be disproportionate for a first offence which was committed passively and which had not had an adverse or immediate effect on football stakeholders, and that a five-year ban would still achieve the envisaged aim of punishing the infringement committed by Mr Siasia.”
The court also cancelled the $50,000 fine imposed on Siasia by FIFA, while the ban was reduced to just 5years after August 16, 2019.
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