5 football people involved in bribery and corruption scandals

5 football people involved in bribery and corruption scandals

The past 24 hours has been flooded with news of football and corruption following news that President Akufo-Addo has ordered for the arrest of Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, Kwesi Nyantakyi.

The GFA boss is reported to have used the President and his Vice President’s names to defraud by false pretense – an act which was captured in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ yet-to-be released exposé titled “Number 12”.

As it stands, if he’s found guilty on the charges of defrauding by false pretenses, which have been leveled against him, then he is likely to face a minimum of 25years imprisonment.

5 football people involved in bribery and corruption scandals

GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi

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News of Nyantakyi’s impending arrest has raised a host of debates on social media, with Ghanaians comparing his situation to other top football officials who have also previously been involved in alleged corrupt charges.

Below, we take a look at five football people who were indicted for engaging in bribery and corruption.

1. Sepp Blatter

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was handed a massive eight-year ban from football after being found guilty of unethically offering a cash gift and conflict of interest with Michel Platini, who was a FIFA vice-president in 2011.

The long-serving Blatter was found to have approved a £1.35m payment to Platini in 2011 based on a verbal agreement the pair had.

Blatter resigned from his post as FIFA boss due to the scandal, but appealed his eight-year-ban from football, which was later reduced to six years by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

2. Michel Platini

Former UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini was also charged with various acts of corruption for receiving a £1.35m payment from then FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Platini was banned for eight years together with Blatter in what was described as an unethical offering of cash and a conflict of interest.

The scandal killed Platini’s ambitions of contesting the FIFA presidency, although his ban was also later reduced to six years.

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3. Constant Omari

President of the Congolese Football Association, Constant Omari, was also detained last month in his country on allegations of embezzlement.

Omari was questioned along with Congolese Sports Ministry secretary-general Barthelemy Okito and two football association vice-presidents, Roger Bondembe and Theobad Binamungu.

The four were arrested for reportedly misusing public funds to the tune of US $1m (800,000 euros) earmarked for the organisation of matches in African competitions involving national sides as well as clubs.

4. Jack Warner

Trinidad and Tobago’s Jack Warner was a member of FIFA’s Executive Council until he resigned in 2011 amid allegations he had bribed Caribbean associates.

His resignation meant that he also had to relinquish his post as president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).

However, Warner was again later arrested at the request of the US authorities in Trinidad on 27 May, 2016, after being accused of enriching himself through fraud.

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5. Jeffrey Web

In a rather shocking turn of events, Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Islands, who succeeded Jack Warner as Concacaf president and one of seven FIFA vice-presidents, was also indicted for corrupt acts.

In November 2015, he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and three counts of money laundering.

He was subsequently arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, on 27 May, 2016, having agreed to forfeit more than $6.7m (£4.4m).

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