Football governing authority, FIFA, has placed a life ban on one of Nigeria’s most successful indigenous coaches, Samson Siadia.
His offence: Alleged admission of readiness to accept bribe to fix a match with a sports betting topshot.
The world body, which announced the sanction on its website on Friday, also fined the Nigerian coach and celebrated player &50,000.
He was coach of the senior national team between 2010 and 2011 and briefly in 2016.
Siasia had not reacted to the announcement at press time, and the details of the allegations are yet unclear
The FIFA statement is entitled: “Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee sanctions Samson Siasia”.
“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes. This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.
“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr Siasia.
“The decision was notified to Mr Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into force.”