FIFA bans two African officials for corrupt practices
July 24, 2019
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African football official Musa Hassan Bility has been banned from the game for 10 years by FIFA's ethics committee following an investigation into the finances of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).

FIFA said that Bility was "guilty of having misappropriated FIFA funds as well as having received benefits and found himself in situations of conflict of interest, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics."

Bility is a former president of the LFA and a current member of the executive of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and he has been critical of recent steps taken by FIFA to take a more direct role in the running of African football.

On Monday, Bility said he would ask the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport to declare invalid the agreement by which FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura would be sent on an assignment to overhaul the African governing body.

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FIFA's ethics investigation predates that conflict, having formally begun in May 2018.

The investigation followed a forensic audit of the LFA.

FIFA said that probe had looked into misappropriation of the funds granted under the organization's 11 Against Ebola campaign and examined money sent from their Financial Assistance Programme funds.

The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee found that Bility had breached rules governing misappropriation of funds, offering and accepting gifts or other benefits, and conflicts of interest.

As well as the 10-year ban from all football administration roles, Bility will face a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs (about $507,150).

Bility was not immediately reachable for comment.

The news comes just two days after FIFA had banned former Botswana Football Association general secretary Mooketsi Kgotlele for life for accepting bribes in relation to the manipulation of international matches.

FIFA said in a statement on Monday that the adjudicatory chamber of the independent ethics committee had also imposed a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,952.82).

FIFA confirmed that "formal ethics proceedings against Mr Kgotlele were initiated on 6 September 2018, and stem from an extensive investigation into various attempts to manipulate international matches for betting purposes by Mr Wilson Raj Perumal, a known match-fixer.

"A large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA through its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.

"In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee found that Mr Kgotlele had breached art. 12 (Bribery) of the 2006 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.

FIFA did not detail the matches.

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