why fifa banned Siasia – The Federation of International Football, today, banned former Nigerian Super Eagles Coach, Sampson Siasia following an investigation that was initiated on February 11, 2019. Read full story of Siasia’s FIFA ban and his reaction below.
Why FIFA Banned Samson Siasia
The World football governing body, FIFA, announced Manager Siasia’s Life ban on all football related activities on Friday, 16th of August 2019, on their official Website citing Bribery and match fixing as its major reasons.
FIFA stated that Siasia was found guilty after his association with a notorious match fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal came to light. See FIFA’s official report below.
FIFA Report Banning Samson Siasia for Life
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.
Meet Wilson Raj Perumal – The Man that Causes Siasia’s Ban
Wilson Raj Perumal is a notorious match fixer. He fixes matches for Asian betting syndicates. He has been jailed in several countries and he believes that it was his match fixing gang that turned on him and ensured that he was jailed.
Therefore, he told the police about his match fixing activities and also wrote a book about it.
He claimed that he fixed matches in the football tournament at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He also said that he helped Nigeria and Honduras to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. He said that he tried and failed to fix several English Premier League matches. He was also involved in match fixing scandals in Singapore and Finland.
Wilson Perumal was also involved in the biggest match fixing scandal to hit Zimbabwe. It is alleged that players, coaches and officials of the Zimbabwean FA were paid huge amounts of money to fix matches during the Zimbabwean national team’s tour of Asia in 2008 and 2009.
It is alleged that Samson Siasia agreed to accept bribes from him, but it is not specified whether the bribes were actually paid.
Samson Siasia reacts to FIFA Ban
Following his life-ban by FIFA, Samson Siasia has vowed to fight the sentence revealing that appropriate legal measures were not taken, and he was not contacted prior to the report.
A Kwese sports reporter, Colin Udoh, who broke the news also shared Siasia’s reaction. See his series of Tweets below:
Siasia also told me -very angrily – that he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about all of this for the first time— Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) August 16, 2019