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Fifa extends suspension of former Ghana FA president by an additional 45 days

Fifa extends suspension of former Ghana FA president by an additional 45 days

Kwesi Nyantakyi was pictured accepting a $65,000 “cash gift” from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been provisionally suspended for an additional 45 days.

Nyantakyi, who also held posts with Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf), was pictured engaging in acts corruption by controversial undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

He was filmed accepting a $65,000 bribe from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman from a Middle Eastern company wanting to invest in Ghanaian football.

He was among dozens of African officials exposed in Anas’s documentary “Number 12”

Ban extended by FIFA

Initially, the Ghanaian was suspended on 8 June for 90 days (due to end on 5 September) by the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa’s independent Ethics Committee.

Soon after the ban, he resigned from the posts he held with Fifa and Caf. He also left his role as president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Now, according to a statement issued by the football world governing body, Nyantakyi will continue to be banned from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

'Provisional suspension of football official Kwesi Nyantakyi extended for 45 days by independent Ethics Committee,' a statement by Fifa’s Ethics Committee read on Wednesday.

'On 8 June 2018, the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee provisionally banned the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for a duration of 90 days.

'Today, the chairperson has decided to extend this provisional suspension for an additional period of 45 days.

'During this time, Mr Nyantakyi will continue to be banned from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

'The extension of the ban will commence on 6 September 2018.”

Nyantakyi has strongly rejected any wrongdoing and has already instituted three legal actions against Anas in the law courts in Ghana.

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