Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 September 2019

FIFA bans two-medal Olympic coach in fixing bribes case

Samson Siasia was punished in the latest case from the investigation into renowned Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal

FIFA on August 16, 2019 banned former Nigeria Football Federation official Samson Siasia for life after the body's ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection with match fixing. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI
FIFA on August 16, 2019 banned former Nigeria Football Federation official Samson Siasia for life after the body's ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection with match fixing. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI

The coach who led Nigeria to two Olympic Games medals has been banned for life by FIFA for agreeing to receive bribes to fix soccer matches.

Samson Siasia was punished in the latest case from the investigation into renowned Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal.

FIFA did not specify which games were investigated as it also fined Siasia 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) on Friday.

"Siasia agreed to receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation," FIFA said.

Siasia coached Nigeria from December 2010 through October 2011 and again in 2016 when he also led the men's under-23s team at the 2016 Olympics where they beat Honduras 3-2 in the bronze medal match. He also coach Nigeria to silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As a striker for Nigeria, Siasia won the African Cup of Nations in 1994 and played at the World Cup in the United States in the same year.

Siasia is the latest person involved in the Rio Olympics to be convicted by FIFA of match fixing. In 2017, Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned from soccer for life.

No Olympic matches have been publicly identified as being fixed.

Updated: August 17, 2019 03:21 AM

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