The former President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has responded to the recent news that he has been banned from all football activities, for life, by the world football governing body Fifa.
Nyantakyi was handed down the ban by Fifa on Tuesday, October 30th, as his punishment for the conduct he displayed in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ ‘Number 12’ documentary.
Nyantakyi has officially responded to Fifa’s ban via a statement released today.
In the statement, he expresses ‘shock and deep sadness’ at the ban but reiterates he’s going to keep fighting to clear his name.
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Read statement below..
I wish to express my shock and deep sadness after receiving the decision from the FIFA Ethics Adjudicatory Committee on Tuesday.
My legal advisors are under my instructions to urgently appeal the decision as I think it was unfair, harsh and unwarranted.
I will use all the legal channels available to seek redress and establish the facts I presented to the committee.
Even though I have already resigned from all my football positions, it is important I establish the facts with the sole aim of clearing my name.
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).
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Ghana, Africa and indeed across the globe for the overwhelming support and outpouring of sympathy.