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Kwesi Nyantakyi banned by Fifa over 'corruption' allegations

16:58 GMT+3 08/06/2018
Kwesi Nyantakyi
The Fifa council member has been hit with a 90-day suspension while investigation of his alleged corrupt practices continues

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day ban by Fifa Ethics Committee, which could be for extended for an additional 45-day period depending on the outcome of an ongoing investigation following a documentary released in Ghana this week.

Nyantakyi, who is also Fifa council member and Caf vice president, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks following an undercover investigation done by Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas between 2016 and 2018.

Nyantakyi was captured on videos negotiating a deal with businessmen and accepting a bribe of $65,000 to help establish an oil business in his native country.

Also, he was filmed while negotiating how to create a fake agency to pocket 20 per cent of a supposed five-year sponsorship deal for the Ghana Premier League worth $15 million. He would've been $3.7 million richer if everything had gone as planned.

"The chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee has provisionally banned the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and FIFA Council member, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, for a duration of 90 days," a Fifa statement said.

"The duration of the ban may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days. During this time, Mr Nyantakyi is banned from all football activities at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other). The ban comes into force immediately.

"The decision was taken upon the request of the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee carrying out the formal investigation proceedings into Mr Nyantakyi, pursuant to art. 83 par.1 and art. 84 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics," the statement added.

Nyantakyi, who is in his third term in office, became Ghana FA boss in December 2005, after succeeding Dr. Nyaho-Nyaho Tamakloe.