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BC-SOC--Sierra Leone-Johansen

May 28, 2019

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The head of the Sierra Leone soccer federation has been acquitted on corruption charges, opening the way for FIFA to lift an international ban on the West African country.

Sierra Leone soccer association president Isha Johansen and secretary general Chris Kamara were acquitted because of a lack of evidence nearly two years after first being charged.

They had been accused by the government’s anti-corruption commission of misappropriation of money and abuse of office. FIFA said that was government interference in soccer, which the world body doesn’t allow.

FIFA suspended Sierra Leone from international soccer in October and the country was disqualified from the qualifying competition for the African Cup.

FIFA says Johansen and Kamara must be allowed to return to work before the suspension can be lifted.


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