Nyantakyi receives life ban as Fifa makes final pronouncement on corruption accusations

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Kwesi Nyantakyi - Ghana FA president

Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been banned for life from all football-related activities, world football's governing body Fifa has announced.

The development comes four months after the renowned administrator was captured in an investigative documentary engaging in corrupt and bribery activities.

He was initially handed a provisional 90-day ban, which was later extended for 45 days.

"The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level," a Fifa statement of Tuesday reads.

"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, 2012 edition.

"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. Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 has been imposed on Mr Nyantakyi.

"The decision was notified to Mr Nyantakyi today, and the ban comes into force immediately."

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Aside from being Ghana FA president at the time of the exposé, Nyantakyi was also first-vice president of Caf, president of Wafu and a member of the prestigious Fifa Council.

In the aftermath of the scandal, the premises of the FA was declared a crime scene by local police, the FA executive council was overhauled, while all competitive local football competitions and matches remain suspended.

The investigation has affected more than Nyantakyi as some other local football administrators captured in the video have resigned while several indicted referees across Africa have received bans ranging from short-term to life.