* Former Super Eagles coach fined CHF 50,000
The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) on Friday banned former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia for life after the world football governing body’s ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection with match-fixing, AOIFootball.com reports.
In a statement, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee said the probe which targeted Siasia stemmed from a wider investigation involving Wilson Raj Perumal, who has confessed to international match-fixing.
The probe that began in February 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 statement said.
In addition to being banned from all football related activity for life, the Super Eagles legend was also handed a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000 or 46,000 euros).
FIFA however did not detail the nature of Siasia’s ties to Perumal, a Singaporean national who was arrested and jailed in Finland in 2011 for fixing top-tier football games there.
Perumal later collaborated with match fixing investigators.