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FIFA Slams 2-Year Ban On Bwalya For Violating Code of Ethics On ‘Gift Acceptance’

FIFA Slams 2-Year Ban On Bwalya For Violating Code of Ethics On ‘Gift Acceptance’

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of FIFA has banned Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya, for two years for allegedly accepting cash gift in relation to 2022 World Cup bid voting, reports Completesportsnigeria.com

Bwalya was also banned from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level with immediate effect.

The 1988 African Footballer Of the Year who is also a member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), reportedly received benefits from Mr Bin Hammam according to the investigations made by the committee which was revealed on FIFA’s official website.

Bwalya, reportedly received $80, 000 cash “gift” from disgraced Qatari business mogul Mohammad Bin Hammam last year but he claimed it was a debt he got on behalf of the association and not to influence the 2018 or 2022 World Cup bid voting.

He was also fined CHF 100,000.

The investigation against Mr Bwalya was opened on 28 February 2017.

Bwalya was found guilty of having violated art. 16 (Confidentiality) and art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

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  • What these guys should do is to ask any money offered to be put into the Federation account. In that way, nobody can accuse them of taking bribery. Now such a ‘fine’ man has damaged his ‘reputation.’ Amaju Pinnick should be careful because this is the easiest way to damage one’s reputation and be kicked out of the football family.