NFF To Review FIFA Life Ban On Siasia

NFF To Review FIFA Life Ban On Siasia

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.

FIFA on Friday announced that it had placed a life ban from all football-related activities on Siasia for allegedly being guilty of accepting to receive bribe and fix matches.

Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, himself a lawyer of more than three decades at the bar, 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.

“The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have however now received documents, including one known as the Motivated Decision, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation,” Akinwunmi told nff.com.

“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a fooball legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must therefore be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”

Akinwunmi added: “Siasia gave his all for Nigeria, playing for the U20 team right from his secondary school days and then for the senior team for several years, and also coaching the U20 and U23 teams and the Super Eagles. 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.”

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COMMENTS

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  • Edoman 1 month ago

    l pray that Siasia will be able to clear his good name in the end. The imposition of a life ban on an “attempted” case is, in my opinion, is too heavy. Many thanks for the NNF for their efforts to get involve in this case.

     
  • Chima E Samuels 1 month ago

    Thank you @TheNff we can’t watch fifa use us as a modern tool of exhibiting bully

     
  • Omo9ja 1 month ago

    My advice to Mr. Siasia, fight for your battle alone because NFF are not realible.

    Don’t trust in them because they have tarnished our image in Africa and at the global level. Examples are, Mr. Amos Adamu, Amaju, Diko and Seyi.

    Please put your trust in God. That is all I can say. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!