The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have raised eyebrows over the life ban imposed on the former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia claiming that it was not even aware of his trial before the announcement.
Also, Samson Siasia has stated that he was not given opportunity to defend himself by FIFA’s Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of the allegations against him.
Speaking with ionigeria.com on the ban, the Director of Communications, NFF, Mr. Ademola Olajire disclosed that NFF, which is the football governing body in Nigeria and a member of FIFA was not informed of the charges against Coach Siasia.
“We were not aware of the allegations against him, neither was the NFF carried along during his trial. But the Committee claimed that an email was sent to Siasia which he didn’t respond to. It maybe that it went into his spam box,”, Olajire stated.
Meanwhile, Siasia, has denied any wrongdoing stating that he was yet to be informed by FIFA about the life ban placed on him.
Siasia further disclosed that he was never invited by FIFA to tell his own side of the story and that he held about the ban from the media.
According to him, “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.”
The former Eagles coach said he would fight this to clear his name.
Announcing the ban on its website on Friday, FIFA said: “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.