#FIFA bans Siasia for life over match fixing: From Hero to Zero, He Has Let The Whole Country Down – Nigerians React
On Friday, the independent Ethics Committee found Siasia guilty of art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the Fifa Code of Ethics which has resulted in his lifetime ban from football-related activities and a fine of CHF 50,000.
However, Nigerians are surprised by the situation the former youth coach has found himself in after he led the country to silver and bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio Olympic Games respectively.
Nigeria's head coach Samson Siasia, right, reacts next to Germany's head coach Horst Hrubesch during the second half.
FIFA said in a statement on Friday that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”
The 51-year-old Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team and later coached various national youth sides before a spell as senior coach in 2016.
The case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, who FIFA has called a “known match fixer” and who has admitted such activity in several interviews.
FIFA said that he was banned for life “from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”
Read some of the reactions gathered on social media after FIFA announced the life-time ban.
From Hero to Zero.— こんにちは (@Swiztaade) August 16, 2019
Siasia let the whole country down not just the football world. pic.twitter.com/XXallBNxNC
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsFIFA has just banned Samson Siasia for life after the body’s ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection with match fixing. No wonder Supper Eagles lost some important matches that ordinary we should win during his time. pic.twitter.com/yPgW2RAyi4— Mr Enebechi M (Emperor of Nigeria) (@MrEnebechi) August 16, 2019
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWhat a shameful way to end his career. #Samson #siasia should have known better. They say a good name is better than riches.— Her Excellency (@Strongwarrior18) August 16, 2019
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWith this on Samson Siasia, I’m not just shocked, I’m also disappointed and appalled. Quite unbelievable!!!This another dent on the image of Nigeria and Nigerian football.
This is sad!!! pic.twitter.com/sU0pDiHb9G
— I am Timi B (@dillikonko) August 16, 2019
Samson Siasia banned for accepting to receive a bribe. So sad and unfortunate! 😔— Mogaji Èkó (@mogajicares) August 16, 2019
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsSAD NEWS: Former Nigeria football player and coach Samson Siasia has been banned by FIFA for life for taking bribes. He was also fined $51,051.66 (N18.5m). This is so sad, I hope his beloved mother does not get to hear this in captivity. Really sad… pic.twitter.com/AuXB5E3ccP— usmanov (@usmanyusuf) August 16, 2019
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOnly God knows how much Argentina paid Samson Siasia in 2005 and 2008 for losing both finals. pic.twitter.com/cwTudH25lO— Green2Green (@JasperLamz) August 16, 2019
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsSamson Siasia has been banned for life by FIFA.Sad way to end a career. pic.twitter.com/9KaNivZej7
— Updates With Ruki (@updateswithruki) August 16, 2019
This Samson Siasia further mars our integrity as a nation. A Nigerian and corruption pic.twitter.com/5ICKkDcaHl— oduclemz (@bobykenz) August 16, 2019
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOhhhhh my God!While on the subject,
This is very distasteful. Siasia accepting bribe to influence outcome of matches?
Too bad! I had a lot of respect for him.
We have to rein sports betting. Esp in Nigeria. Its plain gambling! Its immoral! Its evil! https://t.co/JdVWqO5K0p
— Oloko Ben Chukwuemeka (@BenOloko) August 16, 2019