Soccer

FIFA bans ex-Nigeria coach for life over match-fixing bribes

FIFA has banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia for life for receiving bribes to fix soccer matches.

Governing body opened ethics case in February

Former Nigeria head coach Samson Siasia was handed a lifetime ban and fined $50K US on Friday. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)

The coach who led Nigeria to bronze at the 2016 Olympics has been banned for life by FIFA for agreeing to receive bribes to fix soccer matches.

Samson Siasia was punished in the latest case from the investigation into renowned Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal.

FIFA did not specify which games were investigated as it also fined Siasia $50,000 US on Friday.

"Siasia agreed to receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation," FIFA said.

Siasia coached Nigeria from December 2010 through October 2011 and again in 2016 when he also led the men's under-23s team at the 2016 Olympics where they beat Honduras 3-2 in the bronze-medal match.

Siasia is the latest person involved in the Rio Olympics to be convicted by FIFA of match fixing. In 2017, Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned from soccer for life.

No Olympic matches have been publicly identified as being fixed.

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