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Match-Fixing: Siasia Gets FIFA Life Ban Reduced To Five Years By CAS

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…Cancels $50,000 Fine

A former Super Eagles player and coach, Samson Siasia, who was handed a life ban by the world football governing body FIFA over match-fixing allegations has had his punishment reduced to a five-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The reduction of Siasia’s punishment was communicated via an official statement by CAS on Monday.

According to CAS, a life ban for a first time offender who was also passive in the said offence was inappropriate though such acts need to be punished all the same to serve as a deterrent to others.

As revealed by CAS, in 2010, a match-fixer tried to involve Siasia as a coach of a club under his strict instructions. With the promise of employment benefits, Siasia would have had to always field several players under the control of the match-fixer. The negotiations between the match-fixer and Siasia in relation to the conditions of employment were conducted by email over a period of two months.

Eventually, the club did not accept or could not afford Mr Siasia’s requests and the negotiations ended.

On this premise, the CAS Panel confirmed the Challenged Decision and reduced the punishment for the ex-Super Eagles star. “Mr Siasia is banned for 5 (five) years from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) as of 16 August 2019,” CAS said in its Monday statement.

It added: “The imposed fine of CHF 50,000 (fifty thousand Swiss Francs) on Mr Siasia is set aside.

“The Panel determined the imposition of a life ban to be disproportionate for a first offence which was committed passively and which had not had an adverse or immediate effect on football stakeholders, and that a five-year ban would still achieve the envisaged aim of punishing the infringement committed by Mr Siasia.”

The panel acknowledged the need for sanctions to be sufficiently high enough to eradicate bribery and especially match-fixing in football.

However, the panel considered in the particular circumstances of this matter that it would be inappropriate and excessive to impose a financial sanction in addition to the five-year ban, since the ban sanction already incorporated a financial punishment in eliminating football as a source of revenue for Siasia, and considering that Siasia had not obtained any gain or pecuniary benefit from his unethical behaviour.

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Scores Of Workers May Lose Jobs As Amazon Shuts Wholesale Distribution Unit

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E-commerce giant, Amazon is shutting down its wholesale e-commerce website for neighbourhood stores – Amazon Distribution.

This is its third business closure in the country. Last week, the company announced that it will shut down the online learning platform, ‘Amazon Academy’ and that it will also discontinue its pilot food delivery business, ‘Amazon Food’ in Bengaluru.

“As part of our annual operating planning review process, we have made the decision to discontinue Amazon Distribution, our wholesale e-commerce website for small neighbourhood stores around Bengaluru, Mysore & Hubli.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly. We are discontinuing this programme in a phased manner to take care of current customers and partners and we are supporting our affected employees during this transition.

“We remain committed to India and will continue to invest across those areas where we can bring value to our customers including Grocery, Smartphones and Consumer Electronics, Fashion & Beauty, as well as our B2B offerings such as Amazon Business”, Amazon said in a statement.

Amazon Business is a B2B marketplace where third-party sellers sell only to business customers.

Amazon Distribution, which is now being discontinued, operated in three cities in Karnataka.

The exit will result in the layoffs of hundreds of workers

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Twitter post: ‘This Is Pure Wickedness, You’re Not God’, Comedian Mr Macaroni Blasts Aisha Buhari Over Aminu Adamu’s Arrest

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Famous Nigerian skit maker and social activist, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has called on the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, to go to court if she has any grievance over Aminu Adamu’s criticism.

Mr Macaroni also advised her to use her power to serve and not oppress the people.

He made the statement on Tuesday via his verified Twitter handle.

Recall that Aisha Buhari and the Department of State Services (DSS) are facing criticism over the arrest of Adamu, after a remark on Twitter.

Adamu, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, is in detention for commenting on Aisha’s weight.

However, following the illegal detention of Adamu over his comment, Mr Macaroni has come out to say that the First Lady is not bigger than the citizens.

He wrote, “Madam First Lady, you are not God!!! If you have any grievance whatsoever, go to court!!! You are not bigger than the Citizens of Nigeria, neither are you bigger than the Law!! You should use your power to serve the people, not oppress them!!
Free Aminu!!!

“President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife suffered so many insults. Even from people who are in this present government.

“APC trolls curse and insult some of us here every day. We dey chest am. The ones we can’t chest, we go to court!
“Madam First Lady, stop abusing power!!!


“I can speak so much about issues like this because I have been a victim of oppression and brutality and I know how horrible the experience is!!! If you are being held by security agents with backing from political figures, they will do the unthinkable!! Dem go lick you finish!!”

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2023: Why Nigerians Must Vote Wisely For Peter Obi, Singer, Mr P Opens Up

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Peter Okoye of the P-Square music group says Nigeria has only two tribes, which according to him are the poor and the rich people.

The popular music star, who is a staunch supporter of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, made the claim in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle.

According to the tweet, the inability of the poor masses to unite and fight for better governance, had kept them as slaves to the few rich Nigerians.

He called on Nigerians, particularly eligible voters, to make wise decisions while casting their votes in the forthcoming general elections.

He wrote, “We only have two Tribes in Nigeria, THE POOR and THE RICH. The poor are higher in number while the rich are fewer but the rich managed to keep the poor in perpetual slavery because the poor have refused to unite and fight for their freedom. 2023 election Vote Wisely #ObiDatti023”.

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