Reprieve has come the way of Samson Siasia, as the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has slashed the life ban slammed on the former Nigeria international and Super Eagles coach, by FIFA to five years.
It would be recalled that in August 2019, the world football governing body, FIFA announced indicted the Bayelsa-born Siasia of bribery in an attempt to manipulate the outcome of matches.
The former Nantes and Super Eagles forward was found guilty of match-fixing in 2019 and was consequently handed a life ban from football.
CAS delivering its ruling o the appeal lodged by Siasia, Monday, dismissed the fine of CHF 50,000 (fifty thousand Swiss Francs) he was ordered to pay.
The investigation concluded that the 53-year-old breached article 11 of FIFA’s Code of Ethics which led to his ban and financial punishment.
After considering Siasia’s appeal and also reviewing FIFA’s judgment, CAS described the initial life ban as ‘excessive punishment’ for the former striker, as it called for the removal of the fine.
Siasia coached Nigeria’s Olympic football squad, the Dream Team, to winning silver and bronze medals, at the 2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio Olympics, respectively.