Former coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Samson Siasia, on Friday kicked against a life ban from footballing activities placed in him by soccer’s world governing body, FIFA.
Siasia said he was never invited by FIFA to answer any queries in alleged involvement in bribery.
He was also fined $50,000.
A seasoned sports journalist, Colin Udoh, who said he spoke to Siasia and the former national team coach denied knowledge of the issue.
Writing on his Twitter handle, he quoted Siasia as saying: “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.”
FIFA had earlier on Friday placed a notice on its website banning Siasia for allegedly agreeing to accept bribes to fix matches.
The statement reads: “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.”