Nyantakyi plans appeal against life ban

Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi will appeal against his life ban from the sport at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA handed him the ban from all football activities  for various violations of their ethics code, including bribery and corruption.

Nyantakyi, a former member of FIFA’s General Council, was found guilty after being filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league.

He was also fined 500,000 Swiss Francs (391,495 pounds), FIFA said on Tuesday.

"My legal advisors are under my instructions to urgently appeal the decision as I think it was unfair, harsh and unwarranted," he said.

"I wish to express my shock and deep sadness after receiving the decision from the Fifa ethics adjudicatory committee on Tuesday.

"I will use all the legal channels available to seek redress and establish the facts I presented to the committee."

The film of him taking $65,000 was captured by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and BBC Africa's investigations unit, Africa Eye, received exclusive access to the footage.

"Even though I have already resigned from all my football positions, it is important I establish the facts with the sole aim of clearing my name," Nyantakyi added in a statement.

"I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Ghana, Africa and indeed across the globe for the overwhelming support and outpouring of sympathy."

Since the investigation, Nyantakyi has resigned as the first vice-president of the Confederation of African Football and from his seat on the Fifa Council.

Nyantakyi has claimed the footage was doctored to falsely incriminate him.

The adjudicatory chamber of Fifa's ethics committee said the ban for life applied to "all football-related activities at both national and international level".

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