Kwesi Nyantakyi calls FIFA ban “shocking”, says he will appeal

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Former Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has described his the lifetime ban handed him by football world governing body as “shocking” and says he will head to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal the decision.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Nyantakyi said he was “deeply sad” about the ban and will seek redress at the Swiss institution with the sole aim of clearing his name.

Nyantakyi was handed a lifetime ban from all football activities by FIFA on Tuesday and also fined 500,000 Swiss Francs for multiple violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Read full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE: Kwesi Nyantakyi heads to CAS to appeal FIFA ban

I wish to express my shock and deep sadness after receiving the decision from the FIFA Ethics Adjudicatory Committee on Tuesday.

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.

At this moment I am unable to provide any further details as my lawyers are reviewing the facts for appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Ghana, Africa and indeed across the globe for the overwhelming support and outpouring of sympathy.

Thank you.

Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi
…..signed…..

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