Former boss of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has been banned for life by the World football's governing body FIFA.
A statement from FIFA said Mr Nyantakyi has been banned from all football activities (in an official capacity) and fined a sum of CHF500,000 (Swiss Francs), after he was caught engaging in corrupt activities in an exposé put together by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
He was found “guilty of having violated art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition.”
This latest action by football's world governing body, follows extensive investigations by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee into the conduct of Mr Nyantakyi who was captured in an explosive exposé by the Ghanaian investigative journalist.
The investigative piece titled: "Number 12; When Misconduct and Greed Become The Norm", exposed rot in the football game across Africa.
The statement reads:
"The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level."
"The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Nyantakyi guilty of having violated art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition. As a consequence, Mr Nyantakyi is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 has been imposed on Mr Nyantakyi."
Per the statement, FIFA has already informed Mr Nyantakyi of the ban which takes effect immediately.
Kwesi Nyantakyi reigned as GFA President for 13 years and helped Ghana's Black Stars to qualify for three successive FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014). He rose through the ranks to become the Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and was highly tipped to take over from current CAF President Ahmad Ahmad in the near future.
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