LINK WITH MATCH-FIXING KING, WILSON RAJ PERUMAL, EARNS SIASIA FIFA’S LIFE BAN

LINK WITH MATCH-FIXING KING, WILSON RAJ PERUMAL, EARNS SIASIA FIFA’S LIFE BAN

BY KUNLE SOLAJA

It gets from bad to worse for former Nigerian player and coach, Samson Siasia.

He was on Friday handed a life ban by FIFA having been found guilty of match manipulation.

Before then, he was still going through the trauma occasioned by the kidnap of his mother.

In a media release, FIFA revealed that its adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee found   Siasia, 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 Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.

Wilson Raj Perumal is a convicted Singaporean match-fixer. He is accused on several match-fixing scandals who was also accused on several match fixing scandals.

Wilson Raj Perumal

He has published his match fixing memoirs in a book titled “Kelong Kings”, written with investigative journalists Alessandro Righi and Emanuele Piano; the book was released on April 28, 2014.

In the book, Perumal claims to have ferried Nigeria and Honduras to the final rounds of the 2010 South Africa FIFA World Cup by fixing their qualification matches.

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 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 Siasia. This is not the first time that Siasia would be at the centre of a FIFA ban.

Along with Dahiru Sadi and Andrew Uwe, irregularity in Siasia’s birthdate and age, Nigeria was handed a two-year ban from all age-grade competitions from December 1990 to 1992.

Consequently, Nigeria lost the hosting rights for the 1991 World Youth Championship  (U20 World Cup), which had earlier in the year in Scotland, awarded to Nigeria. The event was moved to Portugal.

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