Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has sued the world football governing body: Federation of International Football Association, more commonly referred to as FIFA.
Samson Siasia filed the suit at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking compensation from FIFA over the purported damage done to his coaching career and reputation following a FIFA investigation into a case of bribe against the former Nigeria international.
The investigation resulted to a lifetime ban on Siasia and a fine of 50,000 Swiss Francs.
But seeking legal redress over the matter, Siasia argued that the suspension of his professional coaching licence which was issued by the US Soccer Federation is in breach of 42 U.S.C. 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, (Section 1983). He is also of the view that the sanction against him is a deprivation of his constitutional rights under colour of state law.
In February this year, FIFA reduced Siasia’s lifetime ban to five years, and the 50,000 Swiss Francs cancelled.
In its ruling on the matter, the Court of Arbitration for Sports [CAS] held that Siasia did not receive any bribe nor did he fix any match. The court however knocked the former Super Eagles coach for refraining to report the incident when he was approached for match fixing at a club he applied to coach.
According to court documents, apart from the compensation being sought by Siasia, he is also insisting that FIFA retracts the guilty verdict of accepting bribe that the organisation slammed on him.
Siasia’s travails started in 2010 when he was approached by Wilson Perumal, a match-fixer, whilst he sought a job with an Australian football club. Siasia did not report the incident.