CAS Reduces Siasia’s ban to five Years
Written by crest887fm on June 22, 2021
Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia’s life-ban from football for bribery has been reduced to five years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The 53-year-old was initially sanctioned in 2019 by FIFA for agreeing to receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.
Siasia appealed against the ban with football’s governing body and CAS as he denied the charges against him.
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.
The ban has been backdated to start on 16 August 2019 as the court explained the background to the case.
The court also cancelled a fine of 50,000 Dollars that had also been part of the sanctions imposed by FIFA.