The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced the life ban imposed on former Nigeria player and coach, Samson Siasia to five years.

The 50,000 Swiss Francs fine which was also imposed on him was also set aside. 

 This was confirmed in a media release by the Football Ethics Committee of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, June 21, 2021.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal filed by the Nigerian football coach Samson Siasia against the decision rendered by the Adjudicatory chamber of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) on April 11, 2019 (the Challenged Decision).

According to the release, “In such decision, Samson Siasia 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 the national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) and a fine of CHF 50,000 was imposed on him.”

In 2010, a match-fixer tried to involve Siasia as a coach of a club under his strict instructions. With the promise of employment benefits, Siasia would have had to always field several players under the control of the match-fixer.

The negotiations between the match-fixer and 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 Siasia’s requests and the negotiations ended.

The CAS Panel confirmed the Challenged Decision, with the exception of the following elements:

• Siasia is banned for 5 (five) years from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at the national and international level (administrative, sports, or any other) as of 16 August 2019.

• The imposed fine of CHF 50,000 (fifty thousand Swiss Francs) on Siasia is set aside.

The Panel determined the imposition of a life ban to be disproportionate for a first offence that 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 Siasia.

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