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NFF, Friends Deserted Me During My FIFA Ban -Siasia Narrates Ordeal

Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has accused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and some of his friends who abandoned him during his trying times with the FIFA ban.

Siasia, who recently heaved a sigh of relief after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced his ban to five years, with a fine of CHF 50,000 (£39,000/$54,000/€45,000) also set aside.

Recall that the former Under-23 coach was sanctioned by world football’s governing body as part of a long-term investigation into match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

Reacting to the latest development, Siaone as he’s fondly called while briefing newsmen in Abuja stated that he was abandoned by those he considered his friends and the NFF.

“Even my close friends abandoned me. Even, for the Legends Game organised by FIFA, I have not been invited again.

“I don’t know what I did to them even when I wasn’t guilty of what I was accused of,” he said.

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“When the life ban pronouncement was first declared by FIFA, I met with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development who barely resumed office then and briefed him, But all the minister could say was that there was no money.

“But I have invested in human beings in this country by training lots of young players who are stars today.

“How will I fight FIFA? I don’t have that strength, but the government can stand up and stand for me. But everyone left me in the dark,” he said.

An associate of Siasia, Opukiri Jones-Ere, frowned at NFF’s neglect of a man he described as a legend in the country’s Football history.

“It’s very unfortunate that not even a word came from NFF. It’s not just appalling, but disappointing. If Nigerian football authorities can’t come out to say anything, it’s rather regrettable.

“NFF has not come out to say, maybe ‘there’s no money, but we are behind you’ even when the current NFF president is from the same side of the country. Other African nations are watching.

“Instead, in the peak of the trial, even an official vehicle with Siasia was withdrawn from him,” he said.

By Augustine Akhilomen

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COMMENTS

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  • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

    Lol…. Why wouldn’t they leave you? Who wants to associate himself with a thief or corrupt entity. Anybody who associates himself with a thief is a thief, that’s why they left you. You even still had the mouth to claim innocence after the reduction of the sentence. Wonders shall never end. You’re very lucky, just be careful what you say so that u don’t get a reversal of the sanction. Youd better shut ur mouth that unecessrily stair murky waters. This na a very big lesson to you, next time u go dip your hands in corruption, that time, na your ancestors wey go desert you no be even friends. You expect everybody to come and stand with you unto say u be St. Siasia. Nonsense.

     
    • Clever Alozie 4 weeks ago

      You are a complete foolish idiot. Just imagine what your whacked mind is conjuring, did u read the judgement of CAS? Like seriously you are sick in the head. Salisu Yusuf, that was caught red handed collecting bribe didn’t the NFF support him?

       
      • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

        I’m sick in the head, I agree but you are already dead in the head. At least, I’m better that u. I still have hope but your own case is hopeless.

         
      • Chima E Samuels 4 weeks ago

        Clever Oakfield and drey are two very stupid idiots on this page, they have problems with every ex internationals. So you just realized…….

         
        • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

          Coming from a chronic lying bastard….LMAO. Bloody illiterate. Why not make statues of your exinternationals in your parlor and start worshipping them….LMAO

          I never knew being an ex-international is a permit to misbehave. Tell your exinternationals to start conducting themselves in manners worthy of their “title”

          Useless fool.

           
      • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

        @clever efurefu alozie, Do I need to reply you, no, not at all. I don’t trade words with hopeless nonentities like u. Stay in your miserable fox hole. Your post above concerning the matter shows how miserably hopeless and stupid u are. Don’t forget to take ur drugs tonite. And to that ewu gambia that cals himself chima ewu samuels, I just dy laugh at you bcs u need help. Always frivolously jumping to comment on my thread like an epileptic fidgeting jonky whenever u see me here. I’m sorry for being a nightmere to you. Lol. I just feel very sorry for you but pls, tell ur ex internationals to conduct themselves properly so that they won’t start looking for sympathy after robbery. Lol

         
      • Chuks 4 weeks ago

        Let’s mind the words we use in addressing somebody.

         
    • francis 4 weeks ago

      You just want to open your dirty mouth to talk. Where was he accused of collecting bribe. Sometimes take time to read properly. Don’t be in a rust
      h to castigate people.

       
    • GLORY 4 weeks ago

      @ Oakfield, you have always been my man on this forum. But I am deeply saddened by this your comment on Siasia. Lets even agree that he did what he’s been accused of even when FIFA has failed monumentally to provide proof. Then, do we now come out on this forum to stone him to death with all such comments as you’ve made above? Our critisicm in matters like this should be made with the hindsight of such persons achievement for the nation as well as human weaknesses, in which we all are vulnerable but only surviving by the GRACE OF GOD. I respect your personal opinion but must admit, that comment truly hurts, not just a struggling Siasia that has dutifully served this nation, his family members, his fans n many many more. It’s always wise to be moderate in everything we do, say or imagine.

       
      • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

        Bro Glory, I understand but honestly, I and many people who once trusted this dude are utterly disappointed in him. We never expected such from him, not the siasia that we know. He should not try to say things to attract sympathy from the people he disappointed. A sensible person, knowing fully well what he has done to the trust people had in him and his image, would come out and apologise for his mistake. Everybody makes mistakes, nobody is perfect. But coming out and playing the victim card is very absurd and stupid of him. Check am nah… He should stop all this nonsense he’s saying and apologise, simple! And then , he’d get the sympathy and love he’s looking for.

         
        • GLORY 4 weeks ago

          I get your point Oakfield even if many fail to understand you most times. But please Siasia is a legend in Nigeria n deserves sympathy in situations like this, whether wrong or right. And again he has been relatively quiet, giving a sense of one in deep regrets. You always remain my man irrespective but please there is time to critize n time to support. God bless.

           
          • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

            Let him apologize, @Glory. That’s the best way he can win the broken hearts of his fans (including me) back. He should stop defending himself in the face of glaring evidence and facts. Let him simply swallow his pride and APOLOGISE. One love bro.

             
    • @oakfield,pls nt much to tell u but rather, know it now that “a thief that has nt gotten the opportunity to steal considers him/herself the most honest on the universe,which I know u fall into that category and no dispute abt that and u know it urself. Coach S.Samson. was just a victim of crooked conspirators in the NFF, who saw his rising profile as a threat in the Nigerian Football Arena.He was just innocent.those corrupt evil men might feel satisfied with their evil deed but God has his way of rewarding mankind according to our deeds.

       
  • pompei 4 weeks ago

    The biq question is – was he really guilty? If no, then this is a great injustice.
    If yes, then he is to blame for all his woes. He let himself down by getting involved in corruption.

     
  • Omo9ja 4 weeks ago

    Only God knows the truth of the matter. But at least, NFF should have said something about the matter.

    That is life for you Sia1. Trust nobody. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
  • De Star 4 weeks ago

    @Oakfield it is unfortunate that you and some of your Rohr’s fans group members are many times awkward in what sprouts out of you and opposite of what you claimed to be ; priding yourself as probably the most educated with exposure in this platform ; yet your comments are appalling and embarrassing; honestly you and your ilks with your shameful remarks on any Nigerias vis-a-vis White is nauseating and primitive and not adding value in this platform;

    if you are not using derogatory languages on any of ex our ex- internationals coaches in particular those that dares to give honest assessment or advise to your PH coach Rohr ; it is the same all manner of fowls dirty minds languages on your fellow forum members here such as idiot , silly , stupid etc ( why can’t you take some lessons from others who passed their comments without stooping low , at least you have @ Mr Hush and other civilized members to pick notes .

    With the kind of trauma Siasia must have been undeservedly , unjustified passed through , no job , no income to feed himself and family, mother kidnapped , deserted by NFF for alleged offence never committed ; yet you wickedly used such dirty word as Thief on your fellow ( what has Siasia stolen ? How much bribe has he been proven to have collected before call him such dirty word ?)…. WHAT A WICKED WORLD !

    Please , wake up and reason without beclouding yourself with hatred to your fellow black man and let us see traits of a scholar you claimed to be in your output ;

    It is a pity and unfortunate, what blacks suffer in the hands of the whites and their fellow blacks with black awkward mentality , followed pull down their fellow blacks .

    When this spurious allegations that stands logic on its head came out , as Siasia was not handling any national team at the time of alleged bribery; you people were happy yes “Sia one has to go down , forgetting that you are assume innocent until you are proven guilty , but alas you have buried Siasia while alive .

    Have the corrupted fifa not embarrassed themselves now and accepted guilty in the case of Siasia ( a virgin being accused of aborting pregnancy when he has not gotten boyfriend let alone married?

    It is a comic , joke of the century, and shameful ; so FIFA has suddenly turned father Christmas forgiven Siasia of the comic penalty and reduction to just 5 years from life ban for an alleged offence that carries life ban , that he couldn’t raise money to do the required appeal ? .

    The coach that took his team to Olympic without a dime , no salary no allowance, stranded in another country and was rescued by another nation and players yet he made Nigeria proud getting to the tournament with few minutes before his team played against host country and never fix his matches then to get money , didn’t gave in to all manner of excuses that your idol Oga Rohr have been given more than 5 years without a convincing solid team like his Tutor in chief Belmadi Algeria team )

    If Siasia were to go for the job with the so called intention to do match fixing business and not for his career why would he have given them high demand that couldn’t be met.

    Take it or leave it , Sia one , Amunike , Egbo , Oliseh remain the future of Nigerian football team when these bunch of corrupt in the glass house are flushed out and the place is cleansed.

    Sia one , God will stand by you at this trying moment in your life, forget about this NFF , don’t ever expect anything good from them.

    Sia 1 world is waiting for you , 9gr is waiting for you !!!

     
    • Ayphillydegreat 4 weeks ago

      What proof do you have that he never did anything wrong to deserve such punishment??? By the way it wasn’t FIFA that reduced the life ban to 5 years it was the Court of Arbitration for Sports(CAS) that reduced it after appeal just like ManCity appealed their UEFA ban recently. It is absolutely impossible for FIFA to sanction anybody without proper investigation. Please do your research well before coming here with epistles. So you think FIFA can just wake up one day and just sanction anybody without an iota of wrongdoing?? My friend stop being emotionally sentimental.

      And how are you sure that the next NFF board after the tenure of this one will not be worse?? Ṣe no be the same Nigeria?? Why would the NFF not keep to themselves when he Siasia blatantly said he doesn’t want to have anything to do with this administration under Pinnick after the Olympics. Meanwhile to educate you and your fellow likes the Olympic football team doesn’t belong to the NFF it belongs to the Sports ministry and if Siasia want to direct his frustrations to anyone it should be former sports minister Solomon Dalung who abandoned the team claiming the players selected by him Siasia were not the ones that supposed to go to the Olympics and left them stranded in the US.

      I’m surprised you can come here and mention the name Oliseh. Is it not same Oliseh who ran away in the middle of an important qualifier?? Was Amunike not part of Siasia’s coaching crew that failed to qualify for AFCON after Oliseh abandoned the team?? How is Egbo any different from Oliseh? abeg find better excuse to buttress your point.

       
      • JimmyBall 4 weeks ago

        I can only say FIFA banning Siasia for LIFE at first was grossly unfair, even wanting him to pay a fine of around USD 50000 was BLACKLY criminal… it was alleged he “consented” to accepting to be employed where he would field players according to instructions of that FIXER, so if I get the gist of his troubles with FIFA, it was just email exchanges between him and the FIXER, for a promise of a job… Which never happened. Well… We must know the same FIFA itself regarding bribery and corruption is like a pig sty… very dirty. You ban one for an offence like that for life… meanwhile we saw how the likes of Michel Platini, Sepp Blatini, Amos Adamu and Jack Warner were treated… even people who cheat their nations like Uli Hoeness, Lionel Messi (Tax Evasion) were not so humiliated… wasn’t those even clear cases of stealing? Even Ryan Giggs, John Terry and Mauro Icardi wey blow your their brother wife (Giggs) and team wives (Terry and Icardi) no go through social disgrace like the case of Siasia… no one is above mistake… nobody in big public, not least one like Amaju Pinnick has a moral barometer to pass judgment on someone like Siasia… if they will give our past heroes like a very good pay and free hand to work like Rohr… no coach of Siasia calibre will be making such slip… abeg, nobody Holy pass!!!

         
    • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

      @ destar…. Lol….I’d would never support or back a corrupt entity no matter what that person has done in the past. Thief na thief and when a thief is caught, he should face the full weight of the law. What???? What are u saying, my friend?? That he should be given a part on the back for involving himself in corrupt practices????? Oh my! This is the main reason everybody left him, even his close associates. That’s one of the consequences of evil. Its natural. So my friend, pls, drop sentiments and see the bigger picture. He deserves whatever he is getting. Ex international my ass. Make him respect and conduct himself properly as an ex international he claims to be and he’d get the respect and regard of everyone just like he once had before his greed driven act. And for the ph coach, lol. He’s here to stay till next the world cup. That’s a very, very long period of torment for you and your sorry ass cohorts. So, sit tight and enjoy the ride.

       
      • JimmyBall 4 weeks ago

        @Oakfield… We all accept Siasia made an embarrassing slip. He disappointed a lot of people… me included, but my brother make God no let us see… greed if care is not taken, can make a man steal meat from his wife’s pot of soup with no one but himself watching… Lol. The only problem now is SiaSia’s long term image before the world… I would want to believe finding job after serving out his remaining three years outside Nigeria especially around other African countries may be tricky… I pray he gets active somewhere again even if in our league.

         
        • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

          @jimmy, you’re right. I was once an ardent fan of siasia but was heartbroken when he got himself in this mess. Honestly. And to make matters worse, he’s still playing the victim card after his crime was confirmed and consequently reviewed as a result. I think, an apology from him than all this victimization sentiments would definitely not help. We are all human and at some point we make mistakes and it’s more honorable to admit our mistakes than continue to claim James bond after being caught with your hands inside the pot. It makes no sense at all. And yet, some dudes still don’t get it.

           
      • Chima E Samuels 4 weeks ago

        Oakfield you are sick! You have no brains, you just talk anyhow.

         
  • Is Samson Siasia Out of The Woods?

    This month, the Court of Arbitration for Sports reduced the punishment handed down to former Super Eagles striker turn coach Samson Siasia by Fifa from a lifetime ban and a fine of 50,000 dollars to just a 5 year ban. The fine was removed altogether.

    The watered-down punishment seems sensible to me and I have to wonder why Fifa came down on Siasia like a ton of bricks to start with.

    In a very simplistic term, Fifa found Siasia guilty of ‘accepting that he will receive bribe’ and as a result, they imposed their punishment that has now been attenuated by CAS. If a football official can be banned for life and fined heavily for just accepting to take bribe, then what will be the punishment for an official who actually took bribe, firing squad?

    Siasia on his part has yet to deny the allegations against him compellingly. Apparently, email correspondences exist of communications between Siasia and a match fixer whereupon the former Nigeria International was asked to field several players in return for employment benefits.

    These alleged emails date over 6 weeks.

    Crucially, the players were never fielded and Siasia never received pecuniary or any sort of rewards as the transaction never took place.

    Still, Fifa still felt it necessary to punish Siasia heavily just because of the contact between him and the match fixer and also because of bribery intentions linked to the liaison.

    But in reducing the lifetime ban and quashing the fine, CAS released a statement stating: “Cas 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.”

    In removing the fine, CAS said: “Mr Siasia had not obtained any gain or pecuniary benefit from his unethical behaviour.”

    Unfortunately,in the eyes of global football stakeholders, Samson Siasia is still guilty of ‘unethical behaviour relating to football’ and this – I am afraid – will hang a dark cloud over him wherever he goes.

    His reputation, sadly, remains tarnished because he hasn’t been exonerated by CAS, rather they just came to the conclusion (rightly in my view) that the punishment handed down by Fifa was excessive.

    So, Siasia is by no means out of the woods yet. He is still serving his 5 year ban and unfortunately, life will never be exactly the same after coming out of it.

    Can he ever be fully exonerated one day? Only time will tell (and I genuinely pray for him).

    That is the next battle Siasia will have to fight. In overturning his lifetime ban, he won a sort of victory which is by no means pyrrhic!

    But, what he would like is a total vindication. That will be the hardest battle of all!

     
    • chuks haifa 4 weeks ago

      Samsom Siasia was made a scapegoat by Fifa!period

       
    • Dr Banks 4 weeks ago

      This is bull shit…………he committed an offence and was caught out, given a sentence and that was reduced by CAS. So there’s no need for him playing the victim party here. Like @Oakfield rightly said, an apology from him is all is needed to regain our respect back simply.

      He said…“I don’t know what I did to them even when I wasn’t guilty of what I was accused of,” can you imagine such statement? Is it possible for an Independent appeal body like CAS who reviewed the case to have also erred in arriving at the same Guilty verdict? Mark you he wasn’t exonerated of the offence but they merely reduced his sentence due to the fact that he was a first time offender. So what is he talking about saying he wasn’t guilty of what he was accused of?

      How do you expect NFF to support him when NFF is a subsidiary of the same FIFA that found him guilty? Guys let’s be reasonable and forget sentiments in our comments, it may be a Nigerian thing to commit a transgression and expect the same authority to pat him in the back and even give him a better appointment in future but this does not happen in a sane society. Let’s call a spade a spade and not always expect undue favours after such transgression. Even in the Bible, it was mentioned that if you look at another man’s wife with lustful eyes, you had committed a sin, same as someone who slept with another man’s wife.

      Siasia should do the honourable thing and APOLOGISE to the whole country for dishonouring our great name and integrity.

       
  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Much Ado about nothing Part I

    Sometimes, you only need to read comments on CSN to understand why Nigeria is currently the way it is.
    Its either some people read upside down or intentionally get themselves misinformed in order to misinform others. Yea, it is good to support our own…but it is also good to tell the truth and shame the devil. All these sentimental innuendos wouldn’t lead anywhere, infact it will only create room for others to fall victim. Ever since Sia1 was banned by FIFA, I have read many laughable innuendos like FIFA is using Sia1 as a scape goat….FIFA is threatened by Sia1’a achievements….FIFA knows Sia1 is Africa’s only hope of winning the world cup (someone who couldn’t qualify for ordinary AFCON 2ce), and other insanely sentimental crap. Then I begin to wonder, are we that illiterate in this part of the world….? They say if you want to hide something from a black man, write it in a book. It is shocking that despite all the articles written by even CSN on this Siasia matter, people still come here to dump junk conspiracy theories here over matters that are as clear and glass.

    It is pertinent to note that FIFA is not a kangaroo body, though it might not be full of saints, a situation the organization itself is beginning to cleanse of itself, it is still one of the most organized international bodies in the world. FIFA does not just wake up one day and start handpicking people to ban. FIFA is governed by laws and does its things by those same laws that guides it.
    FIFA has announced a life ban for former Super Eagles coach and player Samson Siasia, from all football related activities, for allegedly being guilty of ACCEPTING to receive bribe and fix matches, Completesports.com reported.
    “….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 bribe in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA code of ethics, read the release from FIFA….”
    In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber, found that Mr Siasia had breached article 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA code of ethics.

    It is pertinent to reproduce the provisions of Article 11. The provision states as follows:
    1. “Officials may not accept bribes; in other words, any gifts or other advantages that are OFFERED, PROMISED OR SENT to them to incite breach of duty or dishonest conduct for the benefit of a third party shall be refused.
    2. Officials are forbidden from bribing third parties or from urging or inciting others to do so in order to gain an advantage for themselves or third parties”.
    provisions of Article18 of the 2019 provides as follows:
    “Anyone who DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, by an act or an omission, unlawfully influences or manipulates the course, result or any other aspect of a match and/or competition OR CONSPIRES OR ATTEMPTS TO DO SO by any means shall be sanctioned with a minimum five-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity as well as a fine of at least CHF 100,000. In serious cases, a longer ban period, including a potential lifetime ban on taking part in any football-related activity, shall be imposed.”

    Siasia’s offence was grounded in his TACIT “ACCEPTANCE” OF THE OFFERED GRATIFICATION, which till today he hasn’t been able to disprove.

    https://www.completesports.com/fifa-bans-siasia-for-life-over-being-guilty-of-accepting-to-fix-matches/
    https://www.completesports.com/siasia-and-integrity-of-football-application-of-deterrence-theory-of-criminal-jurisprudence-taken-too-far/

     
  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Much Ado about nothing Part II

    CAS in its final report stated that;

    “…In 2010, a match fixer tried to involve Mr Siasia as a coach of a club under his strict instructions,” CAS revealed. With the promise of employment benefits, Mr Siasia would have had to always field several players under the control of the match fixer. The negotiations between the match fixer and Mr Siasia in relation to the conditions of employment were conducted by email over a period of two months…”

    How can you be negotiating terms (which included match fixing arrangements) via emails for over 2 months and still claim innocence…? Seriously. Is someone trying to play with our intelligence or what…? Have you not been indicted already going by the code of ethics of 2009 and 2019 (expanded from 2017)…?
    Remember the keywords……OFFERED, PROMISED OR SENT; DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY; CONSPIRES OR ATTEMPTS TO DO SO
    So please someone should please explain to us how Sia1 was innocent. Was his email hacked or where the correspondences from the email (2 months of email documents) forged…?

    This same Mr Siasia initially shouted to the world that he did not know about the matter and was never invited to defend himself. But that was before an email correspondence surfaced clearly showing that FIFA INVITED HIM, DID NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE, decided to try him in absentia and inflicted the maximum punishment. ACCORDING TO FIFA’S LETTER MR SAMSON SIASIA DID NOT RESPOND TO TWO EMAIL MESSAGES SENT TO HIM TO DEFEND HIMSELF.
    By my knowledge of the internal workings of FIFA, committees like the ethics committee do not meet daily, weekly or even monthly. They only meat periodically, say quarterly or biannually. So for Siasia to have been written to twice by FIFA, we are talking of a period of nothing less that 6 months to 1 year given to him by fifa to respond which he did not. I am not a lawyer by profession, but I would have failed as a manager and administrator many times if I had zero knowledge of the workings of the law, one of which is that there is no clime in the world where contempt of court is tolerated in its criminal justice system. Any lawyer in the house can correct me, but if you are indicted by law and you fail to appear in court (despite being summoned) to defend yourself, you will get maximum punishment both for contempt of court and for the offence for which you have been indicted. Siasia’s subsequent defense was that he never checked his emails, My friends, ignorance is not an excuse before the law. There is nowhere such excuses are tenable. So the idea that FIFA scapegoated Siasia is completely false, baseless and misleading. FIFA acted in line with normal procedures.

    https://www.completesports.com/cas-reduces-siasias-life-ban-to-five-years/
    https://www.completesports.com/odegbami-samson-siasia-and-fifas-draconian-judgement/

     
  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Much Ado about nothing Part I

    Sometimes, you only need to read comments on CSN to understand why Nigeria is currently the way it is.
    Its either some people read upside down or intentionally get themselves misinformed in order to misinform others. Yea, it is good to support our own…but it is also good to tell the truth and shame the devil. All these sentimental innuendos wouldn’t lead anywhere, infact it will only create room for others to fall victim. Ever since Sia1 was banned by FIFA, I have read many laughable innuendos like FIFA is using Sia1 as a scape goat….FIFA is threatened by Sia1’a achievements….FIFA knows Sia1 is Africa’s only hope of winning the world cup (someone who couldn’t qualify for ordinary AFCON 2ce), and other insanely sentimental crap. Then I begin to wonder, are we that illiterate in this part of the world….? They say if you want to hide something from a black man, write it in a book. It is shocking that despite all the articles written by even CSN on this Siasia matter, people still come here to dump junk conspiracy theories here over matters that are as clear and glass.

    It is pertinent to note that FIFA is not a kangaroo body, though it might not be full of saints, a situation the organization itself is beginning to cleanse of itself, it is still one of the most organized international bodies in the world. FIFA does not just wake up one day and start handpicking people to ban. FIFA is governed by laws and does its things by those same laws that guides it.
    FIFA has announced a life ban for former Super Eagles coach and player Samson Siasia, from all football related activities, for allegedly being guilty of ACCEPTING to receive bribe and fix matches, Completesports.com reported.
    “….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 bribe in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA code of ethics, read the release from FIFA….”
    In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber, found that Mr Siasia had breached article 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA code of ethics.

    It is pertinent to reproduce the provisions of Article 11. The provision states as follows:
    1. “Officials may not accept bribes; in other words, any gifts or other advantages that are OFFERED, PROMISED OR SENT to them to incite breach of duty or dishonest conduct for the benefit of a third party shall be refused.
    2. Officials are forbidden from bribing third parties or from urging or inciting others to do so in order to gain an advantage for themselves or third parties”.
    provisions of Article18 of the 2019 provides as follows:
    “Anyone who DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, by an act or an omission, unlawfully influences or manipulates the course, result or any other aspect of a match and/or competition OR CONSPIRES OR ATTEMPTS TO DO SO by any means shall be sanctioned with a minimum five-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity as well as a fine of at least CHF 100,000. In serious cases, a longer ban period, including a potential lifetime ban on taking part in any football-related activity, shall be imposed.”

    Siasia’s offence was grounded in his TACIT “ACCEPTANCE” OF THE OFFERED GRATIFICATION, which till today he hasn’t been able to disprove.

    completesports.com/fifa-bans-siasia-for-life-over-being-guilty-of-accepting-to-fix-matches/
    completesports.com/siasia-and-integrity-of-football-application-of-deterrence-theory-of-criminal-jurisprudence-taken-too-far/

     
  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Much Ado about nothing Part II

    CAS in its final report stated that;

    “…In 2010, a match fixer tried to involve Mr Siasia as a coach of a club under his strict instructions,” CAS revealed. With the promise of employment benefits, Mr Siasia would have had to always field several players under the control of the match fixer. The negotiations between the match fixer and Mr Siasia in relation to the conditions of employment were conducted by email over a period of two months…”

    How can you be negotiating terms (which included match fixing arrangements) via emails for over 2 months and still claim innocence…? Seriously. Is someone trying to play with our intelligence or what…? Have you not been indicted already going by the code of ethics of 2009 and 2019 (expanded from 2017)…?
    Remember the keywords……OFFERED, PROMISED OR SENT; DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY; CONSPIRES OR ATTEMPTS TO DO SO
    So please someone should please explain to us how Sia1 was innocent. Was his email hacked or where the correspondences from the email (2 months of email documents) forged…?

    This same Mr Siasia initially shouted to the world that he did not know about the matter and was never invited to defend himself. But that was before an email correspondence surfaced clearly showing that FIFA INVITED HIM, DID NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE, decided to try him in absentia and inflicted the maximum punishment. ACCORDING TO FIFA’S LETTER MR SAMSON SIASIA DID NOT RESPOND TO TWO EMAIL MESSAGES SENT TO HIM TO DEFEND HIMSELF.
    By my knowledge of the internal workings of FIFA, committees like the ethics committee do not meet daily, weekly or even monthly. They only meat periodically, say quarterly or biannually. So for Siasia to have been written to twice by FIFA, we are talking of a period of nothing less that 6 months to 1 year given to him by fifa to respond which he did not. I am not a lawyer by profession, but I would have failed as a manager and administrator many times if I had zero knowledge of the workings of the law, one of which is that there is no clime in the world where contempt of court is tolerated in its criminal justice system. Any lawyer in the house can correct me, but if you are indicted by law and you fail to appear in court (despite being summoned) to defend yourself, you will get maximum punishment both for contempt of court and for the offence for which you have been indicted. Siasia’s subsequent defense was that he never checked his emails, My friends, ignorance is not an excuse before the law. There is nowhere such excuses are tenable. So the idea that FIFA scapegoated Siasia is completely false, baseless and misleading. FIFA acted in line with normal procedures.

    completesports.com/cas-reduces-siasias-life-ban-to-five-years/
    completesports.com/odegbami-samson-siasia-and-fifas-draconian-judgement/

     
  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Much Ado about nothing Part III

    CAS in its ruling referred to Mr Siasia as a “first time offender”. No court of competent jurisdiction will use such appellation on a defendant if he hasn’t been proven guilty. If Mr Siasia was 100% innocent, CAS has not problem in discharging and acquitting him. He wouldn’t have been the first of such. CAS and FIFA are not brothers and sisters, they are not partners…infact they don’t see eye to eye, because CAS has the penchant to burst FIFA’s bubble most of the times. Appeals get upheld by CAS as much as they get set aside too, so it all boils down to the body of evidence presented in the appeals.

    After reading through a CSN article about 5 months ago on similar cases which CAS had adjudicated upon, this was my commentary.

    Dr. Drey 5 months ago

    “…In lieu of the conclusion of the writer as well as the cases cited in this article therein, it behooves an enormous but important task on Siasia’s defence counsel to prove that there was and has never been any contacts whatsoever, either in person or by proxy, between Mr Siasia or a representative, ab initio, with the said Mr Perumal, for a total overrule of the verdict of the FIFA ethics committee.
    From precedence, we may have to set our hearts to a reduction, in the spirit of application of the principle of proportionality. However, an outright overturn will be highly heartwarming. We await with bathed breath the eventual outcomes, even as we wish Mr Sia1 the best of luck. But what must be avoided at this time is the sense of appeal to pity and prejudice….the law seldom works in favour of those…”

    CAS affirmed the offence was “COMMITTED” albeit, “passively”. Anywhere in the world, knowledge of a crime makes you an accomplice to the crime and makes you as guilty as those who executed the crime to the later. Similarly, anywhere in the world, a first-time offender and passive accomplice also always gets off with a light punishment, and that was what was also applied in this situation, since the defendant was on ground this time to present a defence.

    His cries that the nff abandoned him too ‘get as e be’ because CSN reported at that time that;

    “…The Nigeria Football Federation has disclosed that its lawyers have started to review the decision against former Nigeria player and coach Samson Siasia by the FIFA Ethics Committee. The NFF in an August 19, 2019 statement said that its lawyers were reviewing the decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee. The NFF’s Acting President, Seyi Akinwunmi, said on Monday that the Federation had already reached out to the former U20, U23 and Super Eagles head coach and is aware that he is receiving appropriate legal advice. While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that AN INVESTIGATION WAS CONDUCTED PRIOR TO THE DECISION, the least we as a Federation can do is empathise with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do….”

    If indeed the NFF lawyers looked critically into the case and found out FIFA was wrong, I am sure there would have been a response. But once again, FIFA is not a kangaroo political party that just wakes up one day singling out people for bans. Matchfixing is not something you can accuse a person of if you have not found concrete evidence and Life bans is not something you can impose if an offense has not been committed in the first case.

     
    • Chima E Samuels 4 weeks ago

      Nonsense continue defending your shit.

       
      • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

        Hahahaha…..bastard. So which of the “shit” am I defending….? The fact that your tin god lied to us that he didn’t know anything about any match fixing but he was caught red, blue and green handed with his negotiations for over 2 months via email OR the fact that he lied again that FIFA didn’t give him a chance to defend himself whereas FIFA summoned him twice….?!
        Iberibe. Ngwa write your own defense for your tingod and let’s read na…..LMAO. Idiot was here last year declaring Siasia innocent as if he was the prosecutor in chief….LMAOoo. “FIFA is intentionally banning Siasia because he is the hope of Africa to win world cup….LMAO…. person wey never fit qualify for AFCON on 2 different occasions…..LMAO. Ode. Siasia no punish people like Selas Tetteh wey win U20 WC or Jean Akono wey win Olympics or the likes of Aliou Cisse and Djamel Belmadi……na Siasia be the hope of Africa to win world cup…..LMAO. Brain-dead fool.

        I know the English I wrote up there is too much for you to understand…. bloody wretched illiterate. Tell your children to read it to you and translate in your native language.
        With in wowo mouth like who leprosy don catch before for in past life…..LMAOoo.

         
  • JimmyBall 4 weeks ago

    Siasia fall hand badly… He needs to brave it and and apologize to his fans let it be on record. Nigerians are forgiving people and will soon leave it in the past and rally around him since most believe he still has lots to offer the football community of Nigeria.

     
  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Much Ado about Nothing – Conclusion

    What Sia1 should have done to exonerate himself was to IMMEDIATELY report the match fixer to FIFA when the proposal was brought to him ab initio, rather than continue with negotiations spanning close to 2 months. It smirks off greed and nothing else. It is a lesson for everyone….when you smell a crime, report it…Otherwise you will pay for it.

    Lets stop throwing all sorts of conspiracy theories all around the place. This is purely a legal issue which has been dealt with by legal means. Comparing his case to that of Salisu Yusuf is like comparing a sentence in Nigeria to a sentence in another country. Salisu was not caught by FIFA, he wasnt investigated by FIFA, he was caught by a journalist who was doing a general expose and NFF ethics committee decided to act. Siasia was caught by FIFA, investigated by FIFA and punished by FIFA according to the dictates of its statutes.

    Mr Siasia should move on rather than trying to create another round of media buzz around himself. Such isn’t needed at this time. Salisu Yusuf was also punished for unethical behavior, something that has cost him his position in the national team even after serving his ban, but guess what, he is currently back into coaching with Enugu Rangers and the scandal is only mentioned when it has to be mentioned. For Mr Siasia, this too shall pass, but at least he should be thankful would still have his career back in another 3 years. It now depends on how he chooses to handle himself between now and then.

     
    • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

      Drey, drey, drey!!! U too much. You’ve said it all. Well laid with facts as usual. I hope those morons (chima ewu samuels and his miserable clique) would get educated.

       
  • DiMastta 4 weeks ago

    Thanks a million Dr. Drey.
    To write with intelligence premised on facts takes lots of hard work.

    But one oversight about everyone has missed, is that this same man was banned in his youth and Nigeria subsequently also banned from two junior world championships.

    Siasia was punished for FAILING TO REPORT A BRIBERY PROPOSAL.

    Nigerians deserve the suffering, filth and poverty they currently go through because they generally have little or no concept of ethics.

     
  • Oakfield 4 weeks ago

    If ibori who looted delta states treasury to finish and was caught and imprisoned in uk for money laundering and was later celebrated as a hero upon his arrival in Nigeria after his jail time by the same people whose money was stolen, you’d understand that nigerians have a very big problem. We are the cause of our problem.

     
  • SAMUEL 4 weeks ago

    @Oakfield,I don’t do things or view things sentimentally.Am not surprised on the outburst of siasia against people that abandoned him.For Christ sake what is siasia problem again? He should go and sit down and reason about the next phase of his career!!! .I had known him (siasia) right from the days of NFA office at ogunlana drive surulere before the office was moved to Abuja.
    Siasia ego will always put him into troubles with people.Yes,he his a good coach,but he shouldn’t come out now and be saying people abandoned him!!! Please he should go and relax and get back to coaching.
    Pride and ego,I prayed should not put siasia in deep shit.Thank you

     
  • kenneth 4 weeks ago

    We all tend to interpret things differently and more so we are not privy to the information tendered at the case, so all we can do is make assumptions. Thank God CAS was able to review the case from a different angle. Like i responded to a forumite from the day the sentence was handed down, all he is guilty of was not reporting the match fixer to FIFA. For me he owes no one any apology, FIFA is playing double standard here. Just like someone pointed out here, we had several FIFA executives who were caught red handed taking kickbacks and who were not banned for life, we even had some who had there sentences reduced. So what makes his cases different from them, is it because they are white executives. hmmmmmm. Well siasia should learn from this, you have no friends when it does matter. He should know by now the NFF is filled with politicians, they don’t deem it fit to come to your rescue when it mattered most. At least Pinnick would be privy to the information from day one. So what exactly did there lawyers do.

     
    • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

      Hehehehehe….dem don dey change their mouth small small….LMAO. Now fifa is playing double standards…that the latest innuendo.

      Did the “several FIFA executives” ignore FIFA when asked to come and face the disciplinary committee…? NO. Did Siasia ignore FIFA when asked to come and face the disciplinary committee…? YES…..infact twice. Even in civil law you will bag maximum sentence if you fail to appear before a judge over a crime you have been indicted for. So if FIFA called him up twice to come and defend himself and didnt oblige, we will get the maximum sentence of a life ban. Its as simple as that. If he had appeared, he would have only gotten the 5 years stipulated in Article 18 of their code of ethics

      Before the FIFA ethics committee, Siasia was guilty of CONTEMPT, guilty of AGREEING and ACCEPTING to partake in the scandal and also guilty of NOT REPORTING to the authorities.

      If you dont understand the law and the way it works, go and ask people who do, instead of spreading lies and arguing all over the place….LMAO. It was same you who was arguing blindly here that confessional statements cannot convict until you were loaded with several of such cases…..LMAOooo.

      It is you that is not privy to the information tendered during the case that has the guts to tell fifa of double standards….LMAO.

      Yes he owes no one any apology, he has used his own hands to ruin his own career.

       
      • kenneth 4 weeks ago

        Guess you needed data when siasia said he didn’t check his email. Now i know you are a liar, please share with us when the news first came out of the accusations against him. Please don’t come here and be giving us further lies of info that you don’t have. You can teach me the law bro. Have said what he was guilty off, and since we don’t know the content of the email exchanges, it is worthless arguing with you. You can continue to make assumptions left and right. Well since you are god to know that his career is over

         
        • chuks haifa 4 weeks ago

          His career is never over! Anyone assuming that is a fat joker going through schizophrenic illusion. Siaone will come back stronger! FIFA is just a mess of an organization that bears it weight on poor 3rd world countries. We know how Platini and some other whites were treated on corruption issues. FIFA is becoming like ICC where Africans and third world countries are used to test run rules. Siasia was nailed on the grounds of Ethics and made a scapegoat. Every professional knows that Ethics does not have a standard rule and switches depending on the situation. Siasia was just an easy prey for FIFA to use and score cheap marks. He should move on and rebuild himself. Like he rightly said, no one fights FIFA and comes out the same.

           
        • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

          Hahahahaha…Mumu. Between you and I who is the liar…..LMAO. Ngwa please tell us whihc aspect of everything I stated about is a lie….? This I copied verbatim from CSN reports…..?LMAOoo. If you dont know how to express yourself in English say what you want to say in your native language, because you have made zero sense as always.

          “He didnt check his email”….LMAO. So how is that an excuse…? Whose business is that one…? Fifa summoned you 2 times over a period of one year, you are telling us you didnt check you email…..you didnt check your emails for a whole year…?? so whose fault is that…? FIFA’s fault…? So why was he telling us FIFA did not give him a chance to defend himself…? Until fifa released the correspondences they sent to him twice. The law was applied the way is it stated to be applied and blindly snetimental people are coming here to cry blue murder where there in none…LMAO

          Fool, if you want to know the news first came out of the accusations against him, you dont know your way to google. Didinrin. Despite the fact that I’ve shared the links up there, ignoramus is still here begging me to share link for him….LMAO. You have said what he was guilty of, from your myopic and stark uniformed point of you….LMAO….na you sabi pass FIFA and CAS.

          The day you too have a brush with the law, when you are summoned, dont appear in court, come to CSN and be doing strong head, tell them you did not read the summon, and see if you wont be tried in absentia and given the maximum possible sentence…LMAOooo. People wey sabi law pass fifa…LMAOoo

           
          • chuks haifa 4 weeks ago

            Always calling another person a mumu! Why don’t you make your point without fighting and insults! I tire ooh for some people

             
          • kenneth 4 weeks ago

            Dem don tell you make you display your degree, if you not a coward, why are you hiding. Have asked a question until you give us answers, abeg don’t waste your data trying to give us lies.

             
          • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

            Hehehehe…long-mouth, my degree is not meant to be displayed to riffraffs like you, neither is my private life meant for public consumption by gutter-breds like you. There’s a reason why private life is called Private. LMAOoo.
            The answers to your silly questions are all there in my write up. Your low IQ and inability to understand English is the reason why you are still here hobnobbing about like a monkey starved of bananas. I even put the links there but bloody illiterate like you is still cant read up and yet asking for links…..LMAO. Go back and read the 3 part commentary and you will find all the answers you need there.

             
  • pompei 4 weeks ago

    Nicely done, Dr. Drey. Informative and persuasive as always.

     
  • JimmyBall 4 weeks ago

    … The only thing unfair about the FIFA versus Siasia saga to me was the initial lifeban and untop a fine of USD 50,000. Those two combined were grossly and maniacally unfair!!! He deserves punishment for his actions but I doubt if he would have received such weight of punishment had he been European… Let’s not forget Sunday Oliseh being victimized for reporting bribery and fraud to fix match when he was coach of Fortuna Sittard… also nothing happened even though it was clear to all that Brazil agreed and played an accord (fixing) in favour of Norway in France ’98 so that Morocco would be eliminated… Brazil 1 vs 2 Norway was a very strange result in that world cup for those who remember… nothing happened, but it was a game clearly fixed for a favorable result to go Norway’ s way…

     
    • kenneth 4 weeks ago

      And that’s not considered double standard, honestly the question begging for an answer is why didn’t you report the matter immediately. At least he deserves to let us know what transpired. FIFA is just looking for scape goat. Even the Ghanaian former FA chairman who should have gotten a life ban and who was caught red handed was given a 12 year ban.

       
  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    Hahahaha, Nigeria, Nigerians. That’s why we are the way we are and will continue to be so. Nigeria is the only country in the world where when a person is accused of stealing, instead of his defense to be NO I DIDNT STEAL, you will hear things like AM I THE ONLY THIEF..? WHAT OF THE OTHER PERSON, HIS HE NOT ALSO A THEIF…? WHY AM I BEING WITCHHUNTED…? Bla bla bla bla.

    Now they have shifted attention from the crime committed to innuendos that dont hold water…LMAO. Rather than learn from the mistakes that led to the lifetime ban. In a few years time, another Nigerian will comit the same mistakes and get banned too and they will come crying about racism and double standards….LMAOoo…over things that are as clear as glass.

    There was nothing unfair anywhere, neither was anything racist in the whole saga. Mr Siasia, come and defend yourself 1st time, you nor come…..Months later, Come and defend yourself again….oga no show up. He claimed he didnt read his emails. (pls whose fault is that supposed to be). By law you get maximum punishments for ignoring a summon to come stand for judgment. What is racist there, I dont know. What is victimization there, I dont know. What is double standards there i dont know. If he had appeared before the committee, his punishment would have just been as stipulated in the statutes. Article 18 recommends a 5 year suspension if found guilty. Comparing Siasia’s case with those of others is the most laughable innuendo ive heard so far. Those making such comparisons will tell us if those others ignored FIFA’s summons under the guise of not reading their emails (for over 6 months to a year).

    Initially, you claimed you didnt know anything about the saga only to be busted with your own emails with negotiations spanning over 2 months. Later you claimed FIFA didnt give you a chance to defend yourself, FIFA busted you again with the correspondences they sent to you. Who is deceiving who…? After the hammer now came down, in typical Nigerian fashion, you now started running helter skelter looking for fire brigade reprieve. He should also have ignored the emails CAS sent to him too na……LMAO….lets see if the FIFA decision wouldnt be upheld by CAS.

    Mark my words, we will keep coating this issue with unfounded sentiments of racism and scapegoating rather than putting it in proper perspectives so that everyone will learn and then another person will fall victim and then we will start wailing all over again about how fifa hates africa…..lmaooOOO.

    To those who are here crying about racism and scapegoating, pls go and have a small brush with the law (eg beat the speed limit or the red lights) and then refuse to honour the subsequent court summon and lets see if you wont bag maximum sentence….LMAOooo. Socrates says “Ask why to know why”.

    Someone is even shifting the whole issue backwards to Brazil vs Norway 1998 world cup….LMAOooo. Maybe Nigeria vs Denmark (1-4) was also fixed since there should have been no way in hell Nigeria should have lost to Denmark. I guess Nigeria vs Madagascar (0-2) 2019 AFCON too was match fixing right…Lmaooo? or maybe Nigeria vs S/L (4-4) was also fixed in favor of Sierra leone…LMAOoo. Upsets are no longer allowed to happen in football anymore….LMAO.

    Anything…just anything to divert attention from the real issues. LMAO

     
    • Mr Hush 4 weeks ago

      @Dr Drey

      You couldn’t have stated it better.

      The lack of self awareness in a Nigerian and the black world at large ,for lack of a better word; is ironic, in the worst case, hypocritical. Simply absurd!
      Even in our wrong, we play the victim rather than accept our wrong, apologise and make amends. Rather than reflect we would rather deflect and blame others for our own transgressions.

      In all simplicity, if Siasia wasn’t affiliated to an issue, why would Fifa come for him?
      If Siasia didn’t put his neck out there; why would Fifa swing the guillotine?
      Something doesn’t come from nothing.

      As many have pointed out, CAS didn’t acquit Siasia, they simply reduce the sentence. If Siasia wasn’t guilty at the first place, CAS , in all fairness, would have thrown out Fifa’s sentence and given Siasia full acquittal.
      No one want to be associated with dirt.
      Whether Fifa’s sentence was harsh or not is immaterial.
      Sia one disappointed a lot of people( I included,a big fan) and shouldn’t be playing the victim right now. He should be seeking redemption.

       
  • JimmyBall 4 weeks ago

    @Dr.Drey… and @Mr. Hush with the extant laws regarding FIFA statutes concerning ethical issues infracted that nailed Siasia… Ok agreed… Why was not the same laws and hammer so visited on the Fortuna Sittard Club match fixing consent exposed and reported by Sunday Oliseh… nothing happened to the management of the club instead Oliseh was sacked, evident victimization for reporting match fixing plan already perfected by his club management for obvious monetary gains…. Oliseh was bullied and disgraced for speaking out a wrong to the integrity of football and till date he is yet to find any other coaching position in Europe… No punishment went to owners of Fortuna Sittard… Isn’t that clear double standard?

     
    • Mr Hush 4 weeks ago

      @Jimmyball

      What does Oliseh’s past accusation have to do with Siasia been guilty?

      Oliseh’s case was an accusation with no substantial proof..atleast none given on his part. And fortuna Sittard made a counter accusation against Oliseh. Hence the case wasn’t taken further; even from the part of Oliseh.
      So simply put,there was no case.

      Even if Fifa is compromised and being ” double standard ” , Siasia gave them the room to come for him. No crime. no time.
      It is inconsequential aligning two cases that doesn’t relate at the first place.

      Why don’t we just focus on our son disappointing us and letting us down!
      Why don’t we focus on communicating to him to self reflect and seek our forgiveness for letting us down?!
      Why do we have to allow him play on our emotions and make us feel guilty?!
      Why do we have to share in his guilt and his consequences?!

      This is Siasia’s mess , he brought it on himself. He should bare the consequences. Life is all about actions and consequences.
      And because we love and respect Siasia, we would be honest with him and tell him, he let himself down, he let us down.

       
      • JimmyBall 4 weeks ago

        I am just wondering if Siasia was not unfairly treated by the weight of a massive life ban… Platini only ever got 7years verdict to stay away from the sport and return in 2023 after he and Blatter were found guilty… infact he shunned appearance at the courts in Switzerland and continued to claim innocence… how that did not draw a life ban is easy to guess! Platini himself accused FIFA of fixing the 1998 France World Cup draws so that if France and Brazil top their groups… they will not have to meet till the finals which happened exactly… even FIFA as a body no HOLY PASS…

         
    • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

      Hahahaha…what is this one saying…? FIFA fixed draws so that Brazil and France would not meet till the finals….LMAO…so did they also fix all the 64 matches as they were being played on the pitch till both teams got to the finals…..LMAO..? did they also fix that too..? Did they also fix Nigeria losing 1-4 to Denmark so that Denmark can meet Brazil instead of Nigeria and then proceed to win Netherlands in the semis via penalties…??? LMAOoo. Did they also fix Croatia defeating Germany in the Qfinals so that France would meet Croatia rather than Germany in the semis…?? LMAOoooo

      Do you think the law accepts accusations/allegations without substantiation…? Do you just love being this illogical and unlettered in your thinking when you are trying to cook up excuses and innuendos…LMAO. First and foremost, Oliseh did not accuse Sittard of “match-fixing”. Only God knows where you got that from….LMAOOoo. He accused them of participating in “illegal actions”….biko what is the meaning of illegal actions…LMAO…..till today those “illegal actions” still do not have name. Till today, those so-called “illegal actions” that have no name have not been reported to any of the Police, the KNVB, FIFA or the courts….LMAOooo. The club immediately issued a statement to disregard his rants.

      Just like Siasia now, Oliseh was only trying to save face, typical of Nigerians, just to attract pity. His case was dragged to Arbitration and his sack was upheld. Conversely, the reports showed it was actually him who was involved in unethical behavior as a manager. Several cases of physical assault by him hitherto hidden from the media where presented…one with one of his assistants and one with a player. His players also testified to him being “autocratic and dictatorial”. I mean this is the same Oliseh who verbally abused his players as CHAN eagles coach and refused to even shake hands with them throughout an entire CHAN tournament, accusing them of using juju on him…? A coach who ordered security to throw out his Captain who had just returned from burying his mother (something that prompted Emenike for instance to quit the SE and a player like Mikel to also consider same), insulted his employers and even insulted we the fans too calling us insane. Like seriously…what sort of coach is that. That man has ZERO character….ZERO attitude.

      The Oliseh I know would have taken the case to FIFA and then to CAS if truly his allegation could be substantiated. The Oliseh I know would have fought to any length to vindicate himself and get justice if indeed his dismissal was an unfair and unjust one. The Oliseh I know wouldnt have just laid low if his dismissal/sack was illegal. The law works on evidence. You dont just wake up one morning and throw allegations. The fact that he even made the statement via twitter is even laughable…..LMAOoo…do you report serious issues like matchfixing or violation on the law via twitter….? LMAOooo. What happened to filing a formal complaint or a suit….none of which Oliseh has done till today…? No formal report to the KNVB, no formal report to FIFA, no formal report to CAS. Just went on twitter to claim he was sacked for not wanting to participate in “illegal activities”…..LMAO. WHAT ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES biko….LMAO…E NOR GET NAME..????

      The coach that replaced him, did that he agree to participate in illegal activities…? Did Sittard eventually gain promotion that season because they were participating in illegal activities…? Have they remained in the Eredivisie because they are participating in illegal activities too…? How can you as a club manager claim the club is participating in illegal activities yet, you cant even present even 1 document, not even 1 email as proof….LMAOOoo. The illegal activities nor get name abi…? LMAOoo. Agony of a drowning man trying to look for anything to drag down with him…..LMAOoo.

      Oliseh disgraced himself out of employment, firstly with the Nigerian National team and then with Fortuna Sittard, consequences of his bad attitude and lack of character. Your attitude determines your altitude in life.

      Siasia was not banned based on allegations, he was banned based on evidence….evidence he couldn’t disprove. And stop misinforming people, unlike Siasia, Platini and Blatter both APPEARED before the FIFA ethics committee and where both banned 8 years each according to articles 19 and 20 of the Fifa Code of Ethics. They both took their cases to CAS and the FIFA ruling was also upheld. Had Siasia appeared before the panel ab initio, he would also have bagged nothing more that the 5 years stipulated in Article 19 of the FCE, but his non-appearance was his on doing and he duly go punished for that too. He has only himself and nobody else to blame for that.

      The fact that FIFA no holy pass doesnt mean justice will still not be dispensed according to the tenets of the law. That is the reason why they have an ethics committee in place in the first place…because they know human beings will always be human beings. Even the Vatican itself has its own disciplinary structures as ‘holy’ as the Vatican is supposed to be. There is no perfect system anywhere. In the various countries we live in nobody holy pass too, but it doesn’t give anybody the freedom to go about committing crime. Anyone who is caught comiting crime will face the wrath of the law…whether it is Blatter or Siasia.

      Siasia committed a crime, didnt honour invitations to defend himself, and duly got maximum sentence for that, went on appeal and got a reduced sentence. QED.

      He and his sycophants should move on.

       
      • JimmyBall 4 weeks ago

        @Dr.Drey… Before you write your usual textbook make we read… lol, it’s an accusation that Michel Platini made not me, you are adept at using Google… make use of it once more! Before any tournaments… there are teams with higher odds on favorite to win the competition… it’s very easy for a team like France, as strong as they were back then to know which teams can really cause them the most problems and it’s easy to use algorithms/permutations/combinations to come up with a predetermined scheme to avoid such teams from coming against them in early knockout stage where results maybe unpredictable…

         
        • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

          Hahahahaha….see how quickly you disowned your baseless allegation of FIFA “fixing” the 1998 draws to ensure France avoided Brazil up to the final…..LMAO. Wow…for an allegation you were so quick to bloat out into the public domain without subjecting to personal logical reasoning….LMAO.

          It would have even made more sense if you/platini insinuated France’s group was “fixed” so that they can have easy teams….LMAO…but to claim the draw was ‘fixed’ to ensure the outcome of 64 matches would result in a France vs Brazil final…??? LMAOOoo….that’s utter ridiculous….LMAO. You/Platini should be ashamed of yourselves for being so infantile and petty in thinking…LMAO.

          In every tournament draw, hosts or not, World cup or Aiteo cup, some teams wouldn’t just get to meet till the final if they keep winning, it is just set out that way. Even before the teams that will participate in the tournament are known, the chart is already drawn, you yourself can try it at home. Draw a chart of 16 teams in 4 groups and it will always give you combinations that will only meet on the final day per adventure they win all their game, especially those on opposite halves of the chart.

          EVERY MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SOCCER TOURNAMENT CHART IS THAT WAY. It doesnt need to be ‘fixed’. That was why nobody gave him any attention when he made that joke of an allegation.

          Everyone that follows the draws of any tournaments know that the hosts and the defending champions are always given the first 2 preferential pots. Before FIFA annulled automatic qualification for defending champions, defending champions automatically occupied group A of every world cup, while hosts are ALWAYS allotted the group that play their matches or based in the capital (or the largest city of their biggest fans) on the other half of the chart. After the annulments, hosts now automatically occupy group A, while the rest are seeded according to FIFA rankings.

          If that is what you/platini calls “match fixing” , a procedure that has been in place year after year, which the WHOLE WORLD knows about, then every football tournament in the world including WAFU cup is fixed……LMAOoo, likewise EVERY country that has hosted any tournament is also guilty of match fixing. And if Nigeria hosts the world cup tomorrow and is also placed in Group A, then we too should be reported for match fixing.

          “…algorithms/permutations/combinations…”, these amount to “match-fixing” to you right…? LMAO. Bookmaking is equivalent to match-fixing to you right…? LMAooo.

          So did FIFA also use algorithms/permutations/combinations to determine the outcome of the 64 games played on the pitch up till the finals…? Did they also use algorithms/permutations/combinations to ensure Brazil won their penalty shootout vs Netherlands in the Semi finals or to ensure Croatia upset Germany in the qfinals so that France will square up with the “smaller” Croatia in the Semis rather than the mighty Germans…?
          Did they also use algorithms/permutations/combinations to predetermine a Brazil vs Germany final in 2002, France vs Italy final in 2006, Spain vs Netherlands final in 2010, Germany vs Argentina final in 2014 and France vs Croatia final in 2018…? LMAOooo.

          No wonder nobody gave Platini the attention he was seeking for then with that laughable allegation after being hammered 8 years for misconduct. Just like Oliseh throwing unfounded allegations of “illegal activities” after being sacked, Platini too was just groping at shrubs to save himself from drowning.

          France didn’t win the world cup because the draws where “fixed” or because they didn’t meet Brazil before the final…they met tough teams like Italy and Croatia enroute the finals and defeated them all. Brazil also didnt get to the final because their draws was ‘fixed’ they too met and defeated strong teams like Denmark and Netherlands to reach the finals….any of those 8 teams could have reached the finals of that WC and any of the 8 could have also fallen by the way side.

          Platini’s allegation was a waste of salt even if taken with a pinch it.

          People should learn to move on after they have been defeated instead of trying to clutch at straws to attract pity.

           
  • _ Everyday Conversation: Siasia _

    Reading a lot of threads on this story regarding Siasia’s disappointment at being deserted by Nigerian football stakeholders in what has been the toughest period in his football career, many fans have suggested that an apology from the disgraced former Super Eagle will be ideal.

    Recall, Siasia was handed a lifetime ban and slammed with a 50,000 dollars fine for bribery related infractions by FIFA. This punishment has now been trimmed to just a 5 year ban and no fine by CAS following a partially successful appeal by Siasia and his legal team.

    The former Super Eagles coach had been hoping for a full vindication but CAS acknowledged wrongdoing on the part of Siasia and thus mainly addressed the severity of FIFA’s initial penalty.

    Still, Siasia showed gratitude to CAS by stating afterwards: “I want to thank CAS for their judgment which has given me hope to return back to what I know how best to do.

    I’m happy I’m gradually out of the hook, because in a couple of years I will go back to what I know how best to do.”

    That said, Siasia (in the article above) continues to be disgruntled about how he felt he was abandoned by friends and football officials whilst going through this travail.

    “I don’t know what I did to them even when I wasn’t guilty of what I was accused of,” said Siasia.

    So, will he now apologize as requested or suggested by many fans in comment boxes on this article? I don’t think so. Siasia still feels that the nature of his correspondence with the match fixer was nothing out of the ordinary.

    Stating his own version of the events, Siasia said: “It was on one fateful day in 2009 when I was going through my email and I came across this email from an unknown source. In the email, they said ‘we have a coaching position in Australia,” asking, “would you want the job?’ I didn’t have to think twice before I said yes.

    “I got interested because it was Australia, I played there. So we started this email back and forth, exchanging correspondences and on. We discussed players and how much he was going to pay and all that.

    It was a normal football discussion when one wants to get a job and nothing more. I never met the person one on one.”

    So, Siasia still maintains his innocence and hopes one day to fully clear his name. There are no signs of any “apologies” coming out of his lips

    “How then am I guilty?” Siasia asks. “The job I did not get, no player went anywhere, so how did I fix matches? That is why I want to clear my name. I am innocent.”

    On whether and when he will appeal CAS’ verdict, Siasia said: “If I’m going to go for appeal, we have to be sure of what will come out of it.

    I don’t want to think or talk about how much has been spent. If I have to appeal to CAS, I’m going to cough out at least 100,000 euros,” he explained.

    I will like to wish Siasia all the best in whatever he chooses to do!

     
    • kenneth 4 weeks ago

      God bless you abundantly, this is what i was asking that parrot who wants to be feeding us needless stories here. Why accuse a man when you didn’t even bother to inquire what the exchange of messages was. At least someone brought it to light now. So please all the noise makers who want to crucify him should please tell us what his crime his. I mostly want to hear from that parrot that knows the law, to tell us what Siasia crime is. So all those seeking an apology should please tell us why they need one

       
      • Thanks Kenneth.

         
      • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

        Hahahahaha….long-mouth. I know you cant read and understand English properly, otherwise all the answers to the senseless questions you have busy asking are conspicuous in the 3 part comment I posted up there. But I know the english I wrote there is too big for you…..LMAO….you can look for someone to translate it in your native tongue…LMAO.

        Your Siasia has shown his penchant for telling lies in recent times. This same man was telling us before the HE KNEW NOTHING and NEVER HAD ANY CONTACT WITH ANYONE concerning this issue, as if FIFA just woke up one morning and cooked up stories against him….now he has changed his mouth (after being busted with evidence retrieved from his emails) that actually he had contact and even negotiated for a while. This same man initially lied FIFA did not give him chance to come and defend himself, only for FIFA to once again bust him by releasing correspondences sent to him on different occasions to appear before their ethics committee. This same man lied that the NFF and sport ministry abandoned him and rendered no help, now facts are emerging on how monies were collected on his behalf from several state governors and handed to him in cash, with the NFF also stepping in with legal and administrative help. Anybody who believes this guy going forward must be naïve.

        And just like everyone who wants to defend himself, he just gave a face value of what transpired

        “…We discussed players and how much he was going to pay and all that…”

        Oga, but you claimed you knew NOTHING before. But you claimed you NEVER had contact with anyone on such a matter before, now your memory has been reboot to remember you did right..? “We discussed player”…What exactly did you discuss…? What was the nature of the nitty gritty of the payment arrangement…? Why did you have to “discuss players” at that stage of discussions. It is not in the place of Siasia to determine whether it was a normal discussion or not…..that discussion that was “normal” to him was actually a punishable offence per the code of ethics guiding the entire football world.

        FIFA carried out their due diligence, for many years for that matter, and even the NFF acknowledged that AN INVESTIGATION WAS CONDUCTED PRIOR TO THE DECISION. So would be believe a man who has lied severally about this matter and has been busted by 4 different entities (FIFA, CAS, NFF and Sports Ministry) over an international Court like CAS who told us point blank that Siasia actually committed an offence…?

        FIFA in its verdict found Mr Siasia guilty of ACCEPTING TO RECIEVE BRIBE AND FIX MATCHES. They had all his emails to that effect. So whether the bribe was eventually paid or not, whether the matches ended up being fixed or not, whether Siasia eventually got the job or not, the fact remains HE ACCEPTED. And accepting alone is a bridge of the code of ethics.

        “….The adjudicatory chamber of the independent ethics committee found Mr Samson Siasia, guilty of HAVING ACCEPTED that he would receive bribe in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA code of ethics, read the release from FIFA….” In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber, found that Mr Siasia had breached article 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA code of ethics which states:

        “Officials may not accept bribes; in other words, any gifts or other advantages that are OFFERED, PROMISED OR SENT to them to incite breach of duty or dishonest conduct for the benefit of a third party shall be refused.

        Article18 of the 2019 States as follows:

        “Anyone who DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, by an act or an omission, unlawfully influences or manipulates the course, result or any other aspect of a match and/or competition OR CONSPIRES OR ATTEMPTS TO DO SO by any means shall be sanctioned with a minimum five-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity as well as a fine of at least CHF 100,000. In serious cases, a longer ban period, including a potential lifetime ban on taking part in any football-related activity, shall be imposed.”

        Siasia’s offence was grounded in his TACIT “CONSPIRACY AND ACCEPTANCE” OF THE OFFER presented to him, which till today he hasn’t been able to disprove.

        CAS after its own investigation and review of ALL evidences presented, in its final report stated that;

        “…In 2010, a match fixer tried to involve Mr Siasia as a coach of a club under his strict instructions,” CAS revealed. With the “promise of employment benefits”, Mr Siasia would have had to “always field several players under the control of the match fixer”. The negotiations between the match fixer and Mr Siasia in relation to the conditions of employment were conducted by email over a period of two months…”

        Those are the DETAILS of the contact and negotiations Mr Siasia has chosen to cover up and call “normal discussion”. There is nothing normal about those discussions. CAS and FIFA didnt just cook up those assumptions. They had the words written in emails spanning over 2 months as proof. 2 independent international adjudicatory bodies can not make the mistake of not being able to read, comprehend and interpret written English. And the fact remains that Mr Siasia ACCEPTED in principle all the juicy offers thrown at him. You can accept to be a part of such proposal and still claim to be innocent. That according to the code of ethics that guides the game is criminal. Even if he didnt get the job as he is claiming in his defence now, or even if no players transferred eventually, the fact that the proposal was hatched and agreed upon and he accepted to be a part of it and to be remunerated for his proposed role is against the COE.

        If Siasia was completely innocent of any wrong doings as he is trying to claim, CAS has no problem discharging and acquitting him of all charges, it wont be the first time CAS has done so. But when you have evidences in black and white from your own emails yawning at you face to face koro koro…LMAOOooo….there is a limit to the amount of lies you can tell. Siasia was caught by the wrist red, blue and pink handed.
        The court even referred to him as “First-time Offender”. No court anywere in the world would refer to someone in that matter if nothing has been found against him.

        Siasia and his supporters should go and rest and stop disturbing public peace and telling more lies after the ones that have been told before now. THIS SHOULD BE A LESSON TO EVERYONE IN THE NIGERIAN SPORTS FRATERNITY. Accepting in principle to carry out an act against the COE is a criminal offence and any offender will be punished. If they like, let them continue to play the race card and not face the real issues on ground. Another person will fall into the pit of the same mistakes and get punished again.

         
  • chuks haifa 4 weeks ago

    FIFA an organization formed by the west and controlled by the west has shown times without number of their biased judgements when dealing with 3rd world countries and countries that are not considered football superpowers! Siasia was an easy prey because of where he comes from. I see FIFA judgements like that of ICC or the crack/cocaine judgments in USA. FIFA needs to be restructured to bring about equity and fairness in dealing with the west and the east fairly. Siasia committed an ethical error because of lack of knowledge. Yes, he should be punished for going against the law. My main concern dwells on why westerners that have done worse things were given lesser sentences. We let them treat us that way because of the choices we make. Imagine China now producing Garri in large quantities to export to Nigeria. Why won’t FIFA treat Nigerians like trash.