Former Super Eagles player and coach, Samson Siasia has received a piece of good news after the Court of Arbitration for Sports reduced his life ban.
The ex-Super Eagles star was given a lifetime ban for violating Fifa ethics, now, the ban has been reduced to five years by CAS.
The 53-year-old was banned for life from football after FIFA found him guilty of agreeing to take bribes to manipulate matches, and also fined CHF50,000 (£42,000) for breaching Fifa’s code of ethics.
In its verdict yesterday, CAS said the imposition of a life ban was “disproportionate for a first offence which was committed passively and which had not had an adverse or immediate effect on football stakeholders.”
CAS said: “The panel acknowledged the need for sanctions to be sufficiently high enough to eradicate bribery and especially match fixing in football. However, the panel considered in the particular circumstances of this matter that it would be inappropriate and excessive to impose a financial sanction in addition to the five-year ban since the ban sanction already incorporated a financial punishment in eliminating football as a source of revenue for Mr. Siasia.”
In addition to reducing the ban to five years, the 50,000 CHF fine was also set aside.
The good news for Samson Siasia is that he will be free to engage in football-related activities from August 2024.