A lifetime ban imposed on a UK footballer found guilty of match-fixing by the English Football Association has been extended worldwide by the sport’s world governing body FIFA.
Michael Boateng, a former player for Conference South team Whitehawk FC, was hit with the lifetime ban in January this year by the FA’s Regulatory Commission, after he admitted to several breaches of FA Rules, including accepting bribes to influence the outcome of a football match.
The player was sentenced to sixteen months in prison for the offence in June of last year.
In accordance with Article 78, Paragraph 1(c) and Article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the chairman of the body’s Disciplinary Committee has now decided to extend the ban worldwide. The decision has been notified to the FA and European football administrator UEFA.
Boateng was among a number of individuals arrested in a match-fixing probe, and admitted to accepting a bribe, gift, reward or other consideration which was, or appeared to be, related to seeking to influence the outcome or conduct of a match or competition
He also admitted to failing to report the offer, which was made during his time at the sixth-tier Whitehawk FC club in 2013.
Two Asian businessmen, Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan, were sentenced to five years in prison for their part in attempting to corrupt the outcome of football matches, while two other Whitehawk players were charged.
One, Moses Swaibu, is currently being retried after the jury in the original trial failed to reach a verdict, while another, Hakeem Adelakun, was cleared of all charges. Former Bolton Wanderers striker and Grenada international Delroy Facey has also been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, with the UK Crown Prosecution Service claiming there is a realistic chance of conviction.