FIFA bans former African football star Kalusha Bwalya for two years
The football’s world governing body announced that an investigation against Kalusha Bwalya, that started on February 28 in 2017, has found the former African footballer of the year guilty of receiving a gift from Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam.
The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee said that the African star violated article 6 (Confidentiality) and article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Bwalya was banned for two years from all football-related activities whether administrative, sports or any other at both national and international level. In addition to the ban, Bwalya was fined 100,000 USD.
“I have instructed my legal team to immediately appeal this decision urgently and would like to state that I am not guilty of any offense, which allegedly took place,” the former Zambia national team coach said in an official statement posted on his social media pages.
“I have never done and will never do anything to bring the beautiful game into disrepute and stand by the facts provided by me to the committee,” he added.
It is worth mentioning that Bin Hammam was banned from football for life by FIFA in 2011 as he was part of a voting scandal in his bid to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.
“I unfortunately cannot provide any further details as my legal team has advised I that this would jeopardize my chances of obtaining leave to appeal. FIFA’s decision is not final and I will fight tooth and nail for justice to clear my name,” the statement concluded.
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