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Samson Siasia Ready to Battle FIFA in Court

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Former Super Eagles player and head coach Samson Siasia recently filed a lawsuit in New York Federal court against the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) after being convicted of bribery.

Samson Siasia Takes FIFA to Court
Nigerian insisted that FIFA was unfair to him and they had robbed him of his constitutional rights after he was convicted of bribery.

The 53-year-old claimed only the US Government could charge him. Samson Siasia was initially sanctioned in 2019 by FIFA for agreeing to “receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.

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But after he appealed against the life ban, it was reduced to five years by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

However, he wants his conviction overturned, the $50,000 fine he paid returned, his five-year coaching ban reversed, and damages awarded for the alleged civil rights violations, according to the Atlanta resident’s court papers.

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According to his suit, it said: “In convicting Siasia of bribery, FIFA relied on Swiss bribery law. If any crime was committed, only the FBI or Georgia State Police could investigate and bring charges of commercial bribery.” It also said: “Georgia does not criminalize commercial bribery.”

Samson Siasia said FIFA violated his rights to due process under the Fifth and 14th Amendments when it convicted him for his minor role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to fix hundreds of matches by paying off corrupt players and officials.

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His suit also stated that FIFA’s imposing the fine and revoking his license constituted “cruel and unusual punishment” barred by the Eighth Amendment.

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Official: Dario Benedetto leaves Marseille for Boca Juniors

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It’s over for Dario in Marseille. Boca Juniors has just formalized the arrival of Dario Benedetto from Olympic Marseille.

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Official: Dario Benedetto leaves Marseille for Boca Juniors

The Argentinian club reportedly paid around €4m for the one on loan at Elche this season.

Arrived at OM in 2019, Benedetto will have scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 for the Marseille club.

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3SC General Manager Dies at 62

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The General Manager of Shooting Stars of Ibadan, Rasheed Balogun has sadly passed away after battling illness for months.

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3SC General Manager Dies at 62

Balogun’s death was confirmed by Shooting Stars in a statement on their Twitter handle.

According to the Ibadan-based club, the 62-year-old died on Thursday night.

“We LOST our GENERAL MANAGER

“After a long battle with an undisclosed illness for months, RASHEED BALOGUN finally succumbed to death on Thursday night.

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“What a sad Thursday to Oluyole Warriors fans across the world.“

Naija News 247 recalls, Balogun was appointed as Shooting Stars General Manager in 2014.

Source: Nigeria Football News

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

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The group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon is now over. The qualifying countries are now fixed. Here is the complete program of the knockout stages of the CAN.

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 – 🇬🇦 Gabon

Second in group A, the selection of “Kamou Malo” will challenge the “Panthers”, who finished 2nd in group C, on Sunday January 23 (5:00 p.m. WAT), in Limbé Stadium.

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Nigeria 🇳🇬 – 🇹🇳 Tunisia

Leaders of Group D with three wins in three games, Super Eagles of Nigeria to face the “Carthage Eagles”, Sunday, January 23 (08:00p.m WAT), in Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon.

Guinea 🇬🇳 – 🇬🇲 Gambia

Naby Keïta’s team will meet Gambia, which will play for the first time in its history in the round of 16 of the African Cup, on Monday, January 24 (5:00 p.m. WAT) , in Bafoussam.

Cameroon 🇨🇲 – 🇰🇲 Comoros

The locals will face the Cœlacanthes , who have also qualified for the 8th of a CAN for the very first time in their history, on Monday, January 24 (8:00 p.m.) , in Yaoundé.

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Senegal 🇸🇳 – 🇨🇻 Cape Verde

The Teranga Lions finished first in Group B and will face Cape Verde, third in Group A, on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.) in Bafoussam.

Morocco 🇲🇦 – 🇲🇼 Malawi

Leaders of Group C, Vahid Halilhodžić’s men will face the Flames on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.), on the lawn of the Yaoundé stadium.

Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 – 🇪🇬 Egypt

It is the shock of these round of 16. The winners of Algeria will be opposed to Egypt of Mohamed Salah, Wednesday January 26 (17:00 ), in Douala.

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Mali 🇲🇱 – 🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea

First in Group F, the Eagles of Mohamed Magassouba will meet Equatorial Guinea, who have won two of their three group matches, on Wednesday January 26 (8:00 p.m.) , in Limbé.

The round of 16 of the African Cup is knockout. The winners of these matches will therefore qualify for the quarter-finals, which will hold on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January.

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