FIFA’s ban on Kwesi Nyantakyi reduced to 12 years

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has reportedly reduced the lifetime ban on former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi.

The former FIFA Council Member and CAF 1st Vice President was handed a lifetime ban in 2018 from football after he was found guilty after being filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghana Premier League.

He was also fined 500,000 Swiss Francs ($498,000).

“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,” FIFA said in a statement.

“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.

The decision is believed to have been communicated to both Kwesi Nyantakyi and FIFA on Monday by the Swiss-based organization.

According to a report on a local radio station Nhyira FM in Ghana, FIFA has also been informed of the decision but this has not been independently confirmed by the three parties.

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