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Embattled Ghanaian FA President to appeal FIFA sanction

Accra-Ghana (National Times)-The beleaguered President of the Ghanaian Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi is looking forward to appeal the sanction which the Adjudicatory Chamber of Independent Ethics Committee of the World Football Governing Body (FIFA) slammed on him on October 30.

Kwesi was handed a life ban from all football related activities and fined CHF 500,000(Swiss Francs) after investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption on his person.

According to a FIFA media release, “ the Ad judiciary Chamber of the Independent  Ethics Committee  has banned Mr Kwesi  Nyantaki, former President of the Ghanaian Football Association(GFA) for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level”.

The same document holds that, the Chamber found Mr, Nyantaki “guilty of having violated article 19(conflicts of interest), article 21 (bribery and corruption), and article 22 (Commission) of FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition”.

It furthers that as a consequence, Kwesi is banned for life from football business both at national and international level. The body maintained that the concerned had been notified same day the decision was arrived at

In June this year, Ghanaian undercover journalist, Anas  Aremeyaw, unveiled a two hours documentary showing officials of the country’s football association including Kwesi collecting kickbacks.

The documentary titled ‘when greed and corruption become the norm” rattled the football community the world over. The accused were reportedly filmed in a hotel room collecting a $ 65,000 backhander from a potential sponsor.

Days after the film was made public, the country’s Communication Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said in a statement that the Government was astonished at the development. The Minister then promised letting the accused face police investigations.


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