Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kwesi Nyantakyi has announced that he will appeal to sports highest court to overturn his life-time ban from all football related activities.
The 50-year-old has asked his lawyers to appeal Tuesday’s decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee at the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.
Nyantakyi was handed a life ban from all football-related activities by FIFA on Tuesday after being found to have violated of the governing body’s ethics code, including bribery and corruption.
On Tuesday, the West African nation was thrown into a state of shock after the world’s football governing body, FIFA banned Mr. Nyantakyi from all football-related activities for life and fined 500,000 Swiss francs (£390,000).
FIFA adjudicatory chamber found 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.”
The troubled Wa All Stars bankroller was initially suspended on 8 June for 90 days by the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa’s Ethics Committee and saw his ban extended to extra 45 days on 5th September, 2018.
Nyantakyi revealed his sadness over the decision insisting his lawyers will appeal at CAS to have the case re-examined.
“I wish to express my shock and deep sadness after receiving the decision from the FIFA Ethics Adjudicatory Committee on Tuesday.
“My legal advisors are under my instructions to urgently appeal the decision as I think it was unfair, harsh and unwarranted.
“I will use all the legal channels available to seek redress and establish the facts I presented to the committee.
“Even though I have already resigned from all my football positions, it is important I establish the facts with the sole aim of clearing my name.
“At this moment I am unable to provide any further details as my lawyers are reviewing the facts for appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Ghana, Africa and indeed across the globe for the overwhelming support and outpouring of sympathy.
By: Ibrahim Zibrilla