Fifa hands lifetime ban to former Ghana FA president

Kwesi Nyantakyi has been given a lifetime ban from all football-related activities by Fifa for a series of violations of the governing body’s ethics code, including bribery and corruption.

He was also 500,000 Swiss Francs (€438,000/$498,000) after being found guilty of accepting a bribe of $65,000 from a man claiming to be representing a business which was looking at sponsoring the Ghanaian Premier League.

The businessman was in fact an investigative journalist, who filmed the incident, which took place in a hotel room in Accra.

Nyantyaki was also a former vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a former member of Fifa’s General Council. He resigned in June after another recording by an undercover journalist appeared to show him demanding kickbacks to give to senior government officials, including the Ghanaian president. He later apologised to the president for his “indiscretion”.

The scandal caused the suspension of the country’s Premier League in June. The competition has still not resumed.