Former Nigerian international Samson Siasia has dragged the world’s football governing body FIFA to a US Court after he was convicted of bribery, Akelicious reports.
The coach filed a lawsuit at a New York Federal Court against FIFA claiming only the government of the United States can charge him.
He maintained that his constitutional rights are infringed upon after FIFA claimed he received bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in 2019.
Siasia appealed the decision and the life-ban was then reduced to five years by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Now the Nigerian wants the conviction overturned and the fine of $50,000 he paid returned, hoping that the five-year ban is reversed and damages awarded, according to the Atlanta resident’s court papers.
His suit said via Guardian, adding that “Georgia does not criminalize commercial bribery”:
“In convicting Siasia of bribery, FIFA relied on Swiss bribery law. If any crime was committed, only the FBI or Georgia State Police could investigate and bring charges of commercial bribery,”
But Siasia claimed that his rights were violated after he was convicted him for his minor role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to fix hundreds of matches.
His suit also stated that FIFA imposing the fine and revoking his license constituted “cruel and unusual punishment” barred by the Eighth Amendment.