Former Super Eagles coach and player, Samson Siasia has denied his involvement in match fixing or bribery which has led to his life time ban from football related activities.
The two-time Silver Olympics winning coach was sanctioned by the world football governing body, FIFA for allegedly receiving bribe but he is out to clear his name at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
On August 2019, FIFA placed a life ban on the accusation that he agreed to receive bribes and for match fixing.
“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,” part of the FIFA statement read.
But Samson Siasia who would have a chance to explain his part as he appeal the sanction this March at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says it was a case of misunderstanding.
“It is clear that FIFA relied only on some emails about 10 years ago when I was approached for a possible coaching job and not for match fixing or bribery as FIFA claimed they banned me for life for.
“It is clear that I was falsely accused of match fixing. Despite not fixing any match and despite not receiving any money FIFA insisted on banning me for life just for being approached to take up a coaching job”, Siasia disclosed to SPORTINGLIFE.