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Published On: Fri, Mar 20th, 2020

Coronavirus stalls Siasia’s life ban appeal

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The outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has forced Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to postpone the hearing of embattled Super Eagles’ Coach, Samson Siasia’s appeal of the life ban imposed on him for alleged match-fixing by world football governing body, FIFA.
CAS had picked today (19 March 2020) as the day to hear Siasia’s appeal provided he paid the 250, 000 euros required to convene the court in Zurich, Switzerland. But the world body has postponed the hearing until further notice.
Siasia will have to pay 100, 000 Swiss Francs (about N36.4m) appeal fee before his appeal could be entertained by the apex court of Sports. He was given until October 10, 2019, to make the payment or forget his appeal, but used his legal team to persuade CAS to give him a 5 month grace period to raise the appeal fee.

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