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FIFA Ban: Siasia Reacts Through Associate

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Former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, has reacted through his associate following the handed life ban by FIFA for alleged bribery and match-fixing.

Siasia who led Nigeria U20 and Nigeria U23 teams to second-place finishes at the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics was also fined CHF 50,000 ((US$50,000)

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the ex-Super Eagles stars who was represented by Prince Opukiri Jones-Ere said the case has been referred to his lawyers who are studying the matter adding that he will brief the press next week.

Jones-Ere opined that the matter is a legal issue and the lawyers have advised him not to make any statement until they have studied the case.

“Siasia in view of the fact that he is still going through the experience of his kidnapped mother he is unavailable to pass any comment now,” he said.

“It will take the lawyers two days to study the allegations and today being the weekend we cannot make any statement until next week,”

Sportswaka.com gathered that the offence was traced to the friendly games between Nigeria and Argentina where Super Eagles trounced Argentina 4-1 on the 1st of June 2011.

The World football ruling body, on Friday, issued a life ban to the 52-year-old Siasia for breaching the 2009 edition of the Fifa Code of Ethics after investigations began on February 11 this year.

“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 concerning the manipulation of matches in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics,” wrote Fifa in a statement.

Siasia who was advised by his lawyer not to say anything pending the proper study of the allegation,while reacting through ex-Super Eagles Media Officer Colin Udoh, on Friday  he said: “I don’t know anything about this, I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.”

Siasia made it clear he will fight to clear his name and also claimed that he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about the scandal for the first time.

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