Former Nigerian national U23 coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life by the world football governing body for taking bribe from players.

The former Super Eagles midfielder led the Dream Team to win bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. Siasia was said to have broken FIFA codes of ethics after accepting to receive gratification in ‘relation to the manipulation of matches’.

According to the statement on the FIFA website, a wide-scale investigation was carried out on Siasa before the landmark judgment was delivered.

The statement read: “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.

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