Former President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi is said to have admitted to breaching FIFA’s code of ethics during the hearing of his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports(CAS).
The former Vice President of the Confederation of African Football’s lifetime football ban was reduced to 15 years in addition to a fine of f$100,000 from the initial $500,000 after his sentence appeal at the sports apex court.
This news has been greeted with shock as the football management executive had denied in the past for breaching FIFA’s code of ethics after the airing Number 12 documentary two years ago on June 6, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre by the Tiger Eye investigative team led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
But BBC reported that the legal team for Kwesi Nyantakyi managed to get a reduced sentence for Mr. Nyantakyi after arguing that a lifetime ban was unfair didn’t match his offenses.
“[Nyantakyi] admitted his guilt only on the morning of the final hearing.”
“He added that a life ban would ruin his life and be disproportionate in the circumstances.”
“He accepted at the hearing the necessity of CAS imposing a significant sanction and that, since he had admitted the offenses, the ban could not be quashed,” CAS wrote in its report as reported by the BBC.
In June 2018 the football fraternity was disgusted following the airing of the Number 12 documentary involving the then GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas involving a corruption scandal involving $65,000 cash.
Mr. Nyantakyi in the video was seen packing the cash into a black polythene bag as a payola from a supposed investor who had expressed interest to sponsor Ghana football.
The aftermath of the video saw Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned for life by the football governing body FIFA while the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through the Ministry of Sports banned football in the country and dissolved the Ghana Football Association at the time.