FIFA bans former Gambian FA President Seedy Kinteh for corruption

Sundra Rajoo was appointed last year as one of two deputy chairmen of the FIFA Ethics Committee's adjudicatory chamber
  • Ex-boss of Gambian FA has been handed a four-year ban by FIFA
  • FIFA has also imposed a fine of USD 200,000 on Seedy Kenteh
  • The investigation leading to the ban was started in March 2017

The World football governing body, FIFA has handed the former Gambian Football Federation boss a four-year ban from all football-related activities for corruption.

FIFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber of independent Ethics Committee found Seedy Kenteh guilty of taking a bribe from former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hamman in the run-up to the 2011 presidential elections.

In a statement, FIFA said, "The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Seedy Kinteh, former President of the Gambia Football Federation, for four years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.” 

The investigations on Kinteh started in March 2017.

The statement said that Kinteh was found to have violated some laws of FIFA on the receiving and accepting gifts. The international body, therefore, imposed a fine on Kinteh as well. 

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found Kinteh guilty of having violated art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the 2012 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics. Additionally, a fine in the amount of USD 200,000 has been imposed on Kinteh.”

The ex-Gambia FA boss is the latest former FA President from Africa to be sanctioned by FIFA.

This year also former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi was handed a life ban by FIFA after being caught on video taking bribes from an undercover investigative journalist.

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