Former Sports Minister under the Mills administration, Dr Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo has described as “harsh” the ban slapped on former president of the Ghana Football Association by FIFA.
Kwesi Nyantakyi, a former CAF vice president was given a life ban from all football-related activities for breaking bribery and corruption rules.
The ruling by the Independent Ethics Committee of football’s world governing body also fined the Nyantakyi 500,000 Swiss Francs.
This was after an investigative documentary by Ghana’s investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which was publicly screened captured Mr Nyantakyi taking bribe.
He was filmed taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter, an act FIFA said was against its ethics.
“The adjudicatory chamber found Mr. Nyantakyi guilty of having violated art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition,” a statement from FIFA said on Tuesday.
But speaking to Mugabe Maase on ‘Inside Politics’ on Radio XYZ, Mr Pelpuo who is also the Wa Central MP could not come to terms with FIFA’s decision, saying “it was too harsh.”
He contended that the fine attched to the life ban was out of place and added the former GFA president can appeal the ban.
He would not give an alternative punishment for the football capo who was fast rising in the football world, only to say Mr Nyantakyi had worked hard for Ghana.
Recalling some of the achievements of Mr Nyantakyi in the last 13 years, he could only describe him as “a global icon” who did a lot for Ghana.
He recounted how shocked he was from the beginning of the scandal until FIFA barred him [Nyantakyi], adding the story of the once most powerful person in Ghana football is a “ bad news for Ghana and Africa.”
Meanwhile, Mr Nyantakyi is contesting the ruling of FIFA, saying it was “unfair, harsh and unwarranted.”
In a statement, he said he was going to use “all the legal channels available to seek redress and establish the facts” he presented to the committee.
“My legal advisors are under my instructions to urgently appeal the decision as I think it was unfair, harsh and unwarranted.
“At this moment I am unable to provide any further details as my lawyers are reviewing the facts for appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),” he added.
By: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com/Ghana