FIFA suspends Ghana’s football chief

The World Cup trophy is seen during the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, in this file picture taken July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

The world football governing body FIFA’ethics committee has banned the head of Ghana’s football association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for 90 days after he was filmed apparently receiving $65,000 (£43,000) in cash from an undercover reporter.

The ban, which takes effect immediately, bars Nyantakyi from all football activities at both national and international level.

The duration of the ban may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days, FIFA’s statement says.

Ghana’s government announced Thursday it was banning the football association after the video of Mr Nyantakyi receiving cash was made public.

Nyantakyi is also the vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a member of the FIFA Council.

He has not commented on the allegations.

He is also facing a separate investigation by Ghanaian authorities after being caught on video peddling his ability influence state officials.

The revelations are part of a two-year undercover investigation by Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas into football in Africa, which also revealed footage of over 100 referees and officials taking cash before games.

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