Super Eagles coach banned for one year over bribery

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Super
Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf has been banned for one year after
allegations of bribery were proven by the Ethics and Fairplay
committee of the Nigeria Football Federation.

Salisu
was caught on video collecting $1000 (about three hundred and sixty
thousand naira) from an operative of Ghanaian undercover journalist,
Anas Aremeyew Anas who posed as agents of some Super Eagles players.
The
committee placed a one –year ban from all football –related
activities on Yusuf, following its consideration of a complaint by
the NFF as well as the coach’s defence of the video documentary in
which he was seen to accept the sum of $1,000 from an undercover
reporter posing as a player’s agent.
The
coach must also pay a fine in the sum of $5,000 to the Federation
within three months.
In
its report submitted to the NFF Secretariat on Tuesday, days after
inviting the coach to state his own side of matters, the Committee,
chaired by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said it:
1)       Established
from the admission of Coach Salisu Yusuf and also found as a fact
from the documentary and video evidence before it, that he accepted
the cash gift of $1,000 offered by Tigers Player’s Agency, an
undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of
Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, for their inclusion in the list of
players for 2018 CHAN Competition in Morocco.
2)       The
Committee found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the
part of Coach Salisu Yusuf but a conscious and deliberate decision to
have accepted the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player
agent/undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf
of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, even though the evidence before
the Committee did not establish that his conduct influenced the
choice of the two players.
3)       That
the two Players could have made the team to 2018 CHAN Competition in
Morocco on the basis of their talent and performance.
4)       That
Coach Salisu Yusuf did not accept the offer of 15% of the anticipated
transfer fees of the said players, as there was no follow –up
action on the promise.
5)       That
the act of the Coach, which was widely published on the British
Broadcasting Corporation, has a damaging effect on the reputation and
integrity of Nigerian Football, as he ought to have conducted himself
more professionally in line with the Code of Conduct signed alongside
his Contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, as his conduct in
public and in secret should be exemplary, since coaches are role
models.
6)       That
the FIFA Code of Ethics, NFF Code of Ethics and FIFA Disciplinary
Code, did not contemplate negligence or error of judgment as a
defence to violation of any of the provisions as contained therein,
as punitive measures must be adopted to serve as deterrent to other
intending offenders, even though, that he is a first time offender.
Committee’s
decision: “In accordance with Art. 22, FIFA Disciplinary Code, he
is hereby banned for the period of one year, from partaking or
involvement or participation in any football related activity,
effective from the date of this decision. He is also fined in the sum
of $5,000 to be paid within three (3) months of the date of this
decision…” The Committee also ruled that an appeal against the
decision can be made to the NFF Appeals Committee.
With
Alhaji Mainasara Illo (Member), Reverend Justin Chidi Okoroji
(Member) and Barr. Joshua Onoja (Secretary) also present, the
Committee said it passed its verdict of guilt on the defendant based
on Art. 20, as well as Art. 21 (1) and 21 (3) of the NFF Code of
Ethics. It also made reference to Art. 10 and 11 of the FIFA Code of
Ethics.
Art.
20: “Persons bound by this Code may only offer or accept gifts or
other benefits to and from persons within or outside NFF, or in
conjunction with intermediaries or related parties as defined in this
Code, which i) have symbolic or trivial value ii) exclude any
influence for the execution or omission of an act that is related to
their official activities or falls within their discretion iii) are
not contrary to their duties iv) did not create any undue pecuniary
or other advantage and v) did not create a conflict of interest.
Art
21 (1): “Persons bound by this Code must not offer, promise, give
or accept any personal or undue pecuniary advantage or other
advantage in order to obtain or retain business or any other improper
advantage to or from anyone within or outside NFF. Such acts are
prohibited; regardless of whether carried out directly or indirectly
through, or in conjunction with, intermediaries or related parties as
defined in this Code. In particular, persons bound by this Code must
not offer, promise, give or accept any undue pecuniary or other
advance for the execution or omission of an act that is related to
their official activities and is contrary to their duties or falls
within their discretion. Any such offer must be reported to the
Ethics Committee and any failure to do so shall be sanctionable in
accordance with this Code.”
Art.
21 (3): “Persons bound by this Code must refrain from any activity
or behaviour that might give rise to the appearance or suspicion of
improper conduct as described in the foregoing sections, or any
attempt thereof.”
Before
the Committee’s sitting, the NFF Integrity Unit headed by Dr.
Christian Emeruwa, which commenced preliminary investigation when the
documentary was first made public, had already submitted a report to
the NFF General Secretary based on its work. 

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