Samson Siasia Takes FIFA To Court

Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has sued FIFA at a United States district court for the Southern District of New York, according to Premium Times.

The former Nigeria international is, among other things, seeking compensation for the ‘damage’ done to his reputation by the world football governing body with their investigation of an alleged bribery case against him.

“Here, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”), the worldwide governing body of soccer, exercised governmental function when FIFA investigated and adjudicated a charge of bribery, a crime, against Samson Siasia (“Siasia”), a United States citizen, which function has traditionally been exclusively the domain of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Justice, (USDOJ) and the Judicial branch of government or the State government.

“After finding Siasia guilty, FIFA then imposed a fine of 50,000 Swiss Francs and lifetime ban from using his professional coaching license that was issued by the U.S. Soccer Federation. As a result, defendant is in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, (“Section 1983”) among others, for depriving plaintiff of his constitutional rights under color of state law,” a part of the case filed read.

Apart from the compensation being sought by the former Super Eagles player, he is also seeking a global retraction of the guilty verdict of accepting the bribe that FIFA placed on him.

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Siasia also wants an annulment of the lifetime ban or any ban on his Coaching License.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 year ago

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