Christine-Marie Nyantakyi, the wife of former president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, has commented on her husband’s ban and pleaded with Ghanaians to be patient with him because he was not going to run away from the country.
Speaking in an interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, November 6. Mrs Nyantakyi explained that her husband had only been sanctioned by FIFA for breaking its code of ethics and that there had not been any criminal findings against him.
“FIFA is an association and it’s governed by a code of ethics; so if you break the code of ethics; you’re sanctioned; so whatever has happened; it’s a sanction; it’s not a criminal finding. People are saying FIFA has banned him so what’s Ghana doing.
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We’re talking about two different things here. To prove that somebody has committed a crime, you need to go through some processes. And the law says that a person is presumed to be innocent until proven otherwise” Mrs Nyantakyi noted.
Mrs Nyantakyi pleaded with Ghanaians to stop calling her husband names and assured that should he be found guilty on an findings, he was going to face the consequences.
However, she did not rule out the fact that her husband could walk a free man after all accusations brought against him happened to be turned away in any legal proceeding.
“My pain is that Ghanaians should exercise patience. Kwesi is not running away; he’s here. If the court or if the processes find Kwesi guilty, he’s available to face the consequences. But until then, the name-calling, the insults, the jubilation and the celebrations that he’s down, I am begging and pleading that we should all hold our horses and wait.
Time will tell; he’s ready to face any consequences. He says if I have done something wrong; let the law take its course. If he’s found innocent we give glory to God; so we are ready for any consequences.”
Mrs. Christine-Marie Nyantakyi, said inasmuch as her husband had made mistakes, he contributed significantly to put Ghana on the world map through football.
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Not too long ago, YEN.com.gh reported that the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee banned Mr Nyantakyi, for life over evidence presented to them from the 'Number 12' documentary.
According to FIFA, Mr Nyantakyi's ban excluded him from all football activities at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other). The ban came into force immediately the statement was released.
Mr Nyantakyi was also fined approximately $500,000. It has been reported that failure on his part to pay the fine would leave FIFA no choice than to take the money from the GFA.
Meanwhile, Nyantakyi has served notice indicating that he was going to appeal against the lifetime ban handed to him by the world football governing body.
In a press release dated Wednesday, October 31, 2018, he stated “My legal advisors are under my instructions to urgently appeal the decision as I think it was unfair, harsh and unwarranted”.
“I will use all the legal channels available to seek redress and establish the facts I presented to the committee”.
“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”.
In a related development, government has revealed that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has concluded investigations on the former GFA boss.
This follows reports that sought to indicate that the Attorney General's office said it did not have enough evidence to prosecute Mr Nyantakyi over his involvement in alleged acts of bribery as captured in Anas' video.
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