Former Super Eagles Player and coach, Samson Siasia has responded to the news of his ban from football by the FIFA Adjudicatory Chamber, vowing to fight it and clear his name.
Today’s Echo reported on Friday, that FIFA announced via a press released that it had banned Siasia from all football activity for life after being found guilty of accepting to receive bribes in order to manipulate matches. FIFA also fined him 50,000 Swiss Francs, which is the equivalent of 18,623,844.88 naira.
According to Sports Journalist, Colin Udoh, Siasia spoke to him a few hours after the news broke.
” I have just spoken to Siasia. His words “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.” He will fight this and clear his name.” Udoh said.
“Siasia also told me -very angrily – that he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about all of this for the first time
” In the meantime, I am still a bit sceptical about this notice from the FIFA Adjudicatory Chamber. I’ve not seen it on any of the FIFA channels and I’ve been searching. So, until it comes, my advise would be to take it with a pinch of salt,” Siasia reportedly told Colin Udoh
Today’s Echo gathers that Siasia’s ordeal stems from an extensive investigation into matches that Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.
Wilson Raj Perumal is a notorious match fixer. He fixes matches for Asian betting syndicates. He has been jailed in several countries and he believes that it was his match fixing gang that turned on him and ensured that he was jailed.
Therefore, he told the police about his match fixing activities and also wrote a book about it.
He claimed that he fixed matches in the football tournament at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He also said that he helped Nigeria and Honduras to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. He said that he tried and failed to fix several English Premier League matches. He was also involved in match fixing scandals in Singapore and Finland.
Wilson Perumal was also involved in the biggest match fixing scandal to hit Zimbabwe. It is alleged that players, coaches and officials of the Zimbabwean FA were paid huge amounts of money to fix matches during the Zimbabwean national teams tour of Asia in 2008 and 2009.
It is alleged that Samson Siasia agreed to accept bribes from him, but it is not specified whether the bribes were actually paid.