FIFA To Lift Sierra Leone Ban At the End Of Johansen Trial

FIFA is considering lifting the ban on Sierra Leone from international football once the corruption case against the country's FA President Isha Johansen is concluded in court.

According to the BBC, FIFA officials, as well as the Secretary-General Fatma Samoura, met on Thursday with Johansen and the Sierra Leone government to address the matter.

The Sierra Leone government sent a high-level delegation, as well as the vice-president Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, attorney general and Minister of Justice Priscilla Schwartz and Lansana Gberie, Sierra Leone's ambassador to Switzerland.

FIFA suspended Sierra Leone two weeks ago because of third-party interference in the running of the SLFA, saying that the ban would be lifted once Johansen and Kamara are reinstated.

The ACC says that under Sierra Leone law, both Johansen and Kamara must vacate their posts until their case on corruption-related charges concludes.

“Both the government of Sierra Leone and Fifa agreed to have a zero-tolerance policy for match-fixing/manipulation and other fraudulent and corrupt practices in football,” the FIFA statement read in part.

“The government of Sierra Leone committed to appoint its new representative to the Task Force for Sierra Leone, which also includes representatives from Fifa, Caf and the SLFA, and to ensure all the necessary support for the deployment of the Sierra Leone inquiry group to conduct the match-fixing investigation from 4 to 9 November 2018,” the statement added.

Photo: Sierra Leone Telegraph

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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