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Former Ghana Football Association Boss Kwesi Nyantakyi admitted to all the allegations levelled against him and accepted broking FIFA ethic codes when his appeal was heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport(CAS).
CAS, reduced Kwesi Nyantakyi’s Lifetime ban by FIFA after his appeal and slashed his $500,000 fine to $100,000.
Earlier on denying all the charges levelled against him, the former FIFA Council representative and CAF Vice-President confessed to have broken rules related to conflict of interest, bribery and corruption and comission serving country interest.
“Nyantakyi admitted only on the final hours of the hearing,”CAS wrote in its statement that is dated in April 2020, relating to the decision taken by the body to reduce the sanction imposed on him.
“The CAS report also read, Life ban would ruin in his life and be disproportionate in the circumstances”. The report is yet to be made known to the public but has been exposed to BBC.
“He accepted at that hearing, the necessity of CAS imposing a significant sanction and that since he has admitted the offenses, the ban could not be quashed totally”.
Nyantakyi’s legal representatives instead argued that a life ban was neither fair nor commensurate to the offences committed which proved to be futile.
Nyantakyi in July 2018 was filmed taking an amount of $65,000 from an undercover reporter in a film that was captured by Tiger Eye Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which was aired by BBC’s investigations unit,called Africa Eye.
The former CAF Vice-President was pictured on photo placing money collected into a black polythene bag from an undercover agent pretending to be a businessman ready to invest in Ghanaian football.
Below is the link to the aired video footage captured by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anass of Kwesi Nyantakyi receiving bribe ;https://youtu.be/9wn81kPZK_A
In 2005, Kwesi Nyantakyi agreed to a sponsorship deal which was believed to be for the Ghana FA of which he presided over. The connived deal which was invented by pairs of reporters would have paid millions of dollars in commission to a company which was soley controlled by him.
Nyantakyi agreed the deal with a reporter who posed as an investor from Middle Eastern Company interested to invest into Ghana football.
Nyantakyi in his appeal rose to his defence citing he entered into talks with the supposed inventor in hope to secure financial support for the domestic league which lacked sponsorship investment for a very long time.
“The GFA, at the time of the commission of the offences, had not had a main sponsor for three to four years, leading [Nyantakyi] to jump at the chance of meeting the supposed Sheikh who might remedy this situation to the GFA’s benefit,” Cas stated when discussing some of the grounds for Nyantakyi’s appeal.
” He highlighted on his part that the whole idea was the supposed plan of the investor and he thought he was negotiating the sponsorship agreement in good faith”.
The second boss of African Football claimed the TV footage has been levelled against him to falsely incriminate him.
CAS stated in its report the ruling was not done in relation to the video footage and that the authenticity of the recordings was neither by either Nyantakyi or FIFA.
CAS issued report also highlighted the fact that’ it could not consider Nyantakyi’s late guilt admission as a yardstick for the reduction of sanction levelled against him’.Instead his previous ‘fanciful and fabricated defence’ served as a basis for the decision by CAS.
“Nyantakyi created an elaborate story involving his email account being hacked, denying in the company which was to act as an agent in the proposed scheme and claiming that which he did not receive in the form of bribery intended instead as repayment of travel expenses”.CAS wrote in statement.
In early March 2020, Nyantakyi was charged with fraud by Accra High Court.
He was charged with dishonestly having in possession $65,000 as an inducement for showing favour to a potential sponsor of the Ghana fA and was also accused of requesting $12m to influence the award of contracts from some potential investors in Ghana.
The former FIFA Council member was granted with Ghc 1m as bail by the Accra High Court.
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