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FIFA Council member from Ghana banned during investigation

June 8, 2018

FILE- In this Saturday Nov. 25. 2013 file photo, President of Ghana Football Association Kwasi Nyantakyi attends a World Cup trophy tour in Accra, Ghana. Ghana risks being suspended from the 2026 World Cup hosting vote by FIFA after its government disbanded on Thursday, June 7, 2018 the soccer federation amid corruption allegations that implicate its head, who is also a member of the FIFA Council. The Ghana government says an undercover documentary exposed corruption that implicated, among others, FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi.(AP Photo/Christian Thompson, file)

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi is banned from soccer while under investigation for taking cash gifts in a Ghanaian media undercover sting.

FIFA says its ethics committee provisionally suspended Nyantakyi for 90 days, and can add 45 days more.

Nyantakyi, vice president of the Confederation of African Football, is barred from attending a FIFA Council meeting on Sunday in Moscow, and the 2026 World Cup hosting vote three days later.

A television documentary this week showed Nyantakyi taking $65,000 in cash from undercover reporters posing as businessmen to secure favor with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and other government officials.

FIFA rules prohibit cash gifts.

Ghana’s government wants to disband the national soccer body Nyantakyi leads.

Ghana could be barred from the 2026 vote between Morocco and a joint North American bid.

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