FIFA extends Kwesi Nyantakyi’s suspension by 45 days

The provisional suspension of Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi by FIFA has been extended for 45 more days by the independent Ethics Committee.

On 8 June 2018, the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee provisionally banned Mr Nyantakyi who is a former President of the Ghana Football Association for a duration of 90 days.

On Wednesday September 5, 2018, the chairperson has decided to extend the provisional suspension for an additional period of 45 days, a statement issued by FIFA said.

During this time, Mr Nyantakyi will continue to be banned from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

The extension of the ban will commence on September 6, 2018.

“This decision was taken at the request of the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee carrying out the formal investigation proceedings into Mr Nyantakyi, pursuant to art. 85 par. 1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the FIFA statement said.

Mr Nyantakyi was initially suspended on June 8, 2018 for 90 days by the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa’s the Ethics Committee.

The committee is carrying out a formal investigation into Nyantakyi after he was filmed apparently accepting a “cash gift”.

He was filmed in undercover investigation by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

Soon after the ban on 8 June Nyantakyi resigned from the posts he had held with football’s world governing body, Fifa, and the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

He left his role on the Fifa Council and stepped aside from his roles with Caf including as 1st vice-president, the most senior figure at the confederation after its president, Ahmad.

As well as the Fifa suspension, Nyantakyi also resigned as president of the GFA on 8 June following an executive committee meeting.