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Football: Siasia’s life ban cut to five years

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced the life ban imposed on former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia by FIFA in a match-fixing case to five years.

FIFA had wielded the big stick on Siasia two years ago after investigations revealed he had links in the past with the notorious Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal.

The life ban was to keep Siasia away from all football-related activities (administrative, sports, or any other) at national and international levels.

The former Nantes attacking midfielder was also fined over £40,000 (50,000 Swiss francs).

The former Super Eagles star always maintained that he was innocent of all the charges.

And on Monday, CAS, the number one institution involved in resolving legal disputes in the field of football, ruled that a life ban for Samson Siasia was “disproportionate” for a passive offence that did not earn him any money.

The CAS judges ruled “the imposition of a life ban to be disproportionate for a first offence which was committed passively and which had not had an adverse or immediate effect on football stakeholders.”

A FIFA fine of 50,000 Swiss francs was also overturned.

Siasia will be able to return to football administration and management when his ban expires in August 2024.

 

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Ronaldo makes dream second debut in Man Utd 4-1 win against Newcastle

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Cristiano Ronaldo had a dream second Manchester United debut with two goals to inspire a 4-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo increased his United tally to 120 as he pounced on a first-half, setting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on course for the top of the Premier League table.

Newcastle grew into the game and did not allow that setback to dampen their spirits. This paid off in the second half when Miguel Almiron led a counter-attack and Allan Saint-Maximin slipped in Manquillo to finish.

But a United break proved every bit as efficient, with Luke Shaw carrying the ball forward and feeding Ronaldo to fire between Woodman’s legs.

David de Gea stood tall to block from Joelinton when Newcastle threatened another equaliser, but sublime finishes from Fernandes – from around 25 yards – and Lingard, skipping past Jamal Lewis in the box, made the game safe amid a party atmosphere.

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Eight Brazil players barred from playing EPL, Champions League

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FIFA has stopped Premier League clubs from selecting Brazilian players they did not release for international duty for five days at the request of the country’s Football Association.

The players who were not released for the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru include Raphinha of Leeds, Manchester United’s Fred, Thiago Silva at Chelsea, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, as well as Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho at Liverpool.

It means Fred and Thiago Silva would also be ineligible for Manchester United’s visit to Young Boys and Chelsea’s clash with Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Tuesday.

According to FIFA Article 22 of its Disciplinary Code, the sanctions that may be applied if these restrictions are ignored include fines and forfeiting the match 3-0, although it is unclear what might happen if Leeds and Liverpool, who meet at Elland Road on Super Sunday, both defied any FIFA ruling.

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Nigeria vs Cape Verde: Super Eagles win 2-1

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A 75th-minute own goal by Cape Verde earned Nigeria a 2-1 win in their qualifying clash in Mindelo on Tuesday.

Dylan dos Santos steered the home team in front after 19 minutes.

Victor Osimhen brought Nigeria back to the game, stabbing home from close range.

In the second half, Through a  backpass to his goalkeeper, Kenny Santos scored an own goal.

Victory took the Eagles to maximum six points from two matches, three points ahead of second –placed Liberia.

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