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Nigeria FA disciplinary head banned for 10 years

November 26, 2013

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigeria Football Federation has banned the chairman of its own disciplinary committee for 10 years for taking a bribe from a club.

The NFF ruled that Olaleye Adepoju received 1.5 million naira ($9,500) from Shooting Stars to influence a disciplinary case.

Fighting to avoid relegation, Shooting Stars abandoned a match in September against Sunshine Stars claiming one of their officials was attacked. However, the NFF rejected Shooting Stars’ account and suspended Adepoju from his role in charge of its disciplinary committee.

Adepoju, a lawyer, claimed he took the money for giving legal advice.

An NFF emergency committee found him guilty of taking a bribe and banned him Monday from all football for 10 years. The NFF’s former secretary general was also banned for 10 years last month.

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