Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi was handed a lifetime ban from all football-related activities by Fifa after being exposed for a number of code violations, including bribery and corruption, on Tuesday, October 30th.
As reported by Reuters, Nyantakyi – who held a seat in 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 business man who was after a joint sponsorship deal with Ghanaian football league.
In addition to the suspension, Nyantakyi was also fined nearly $500,000 for violating “art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the Fifa Code of Ethics," Fifa said in a statement.
Reuters added that Nyantakyi has apologised to Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo and the government for what he called his “indiscretion.” However, the disgraced administrator – who headed his country’s FA from 2005 to 2018 - denied taking part in any match-fixing activities.
The scandal, along with other proofs of wrongdoing, has resulted in the suspension of the Ghana Premier League, which is not expected to be reinstated until a new board is being assigned to handle the affairs of the association.