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Siasia’s Life Ban By FIFA Gets NFF’s Legal Scrutiny

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have detailed their lawyers to look into the issue between former Super Eagles coach, Samson Yebowei Siasia and world soccer governing body, FIFA, which led to a life ban handed the ex-international striker on Friday.

While providing details on steps the NFF have commenced to ensure they get to the root of the matter, the body’s first vice-president, Barrister Seyi Akinwumi assured that their lawyers will undertake a thorough scrutiny of the controversy.

Speaking in his position as acting president of the NFF, in the absence of his boss, Amaju Pinnick, Akinwumi added that the NFF’s lawyers have started to review the decision against Siasia by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

Akinwumi, who is also a lawyer, added that, following the committee’s announcement on Friday that placed a life ban from all football-related activities on Siasia, the NFF had already reached out to the former U20, U23 and Eagles coach, who he said is receiving appropriate legal advice.

He stated: “The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia.

“But we have however now received documents, including one known as the Motivated Decision, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.

“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must therefore be interested in the matter and be properly advised.

“Siasia gave his all for Nigeria, playing for the U20 team right from his secondary school days and then for the senior team for several years, and also coaching the U20 and U23 teams and the Super Eagles.

“While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathize with him at this time.

“(We have to) make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”

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