World soccer’s governing body FIFA has prevailed in a US appeals court over a former Nigerian national team coach who was seeking to overturn his lifetime ban, later reduced to five years, for match-fixing.
In a 3-0 decision Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan said Samson Siasia failed to show why a trial court in New York had jurisdiction over his case.
FIFA in 2019 imposed the lifetime ban, saying Siasia breached its code of ethics over a bribery scheme for Australia matches. The ban prevented Siasia from using his USA Soccer Federation coaching license.
Siasia, an Atlanta resident and former Nigeria striker, sued FIFA in August 2021, saying the evidence was “grossly insufficient” and that the ban violated his due process rights under the US Constitution.
But the appeals court said Siasia failed to show that FIFA was “essentially at home” in New York, or agreed to be sued there because it barred him from using what Siasia called his “New York” coaching license from his alleged “ Agent” of New York. ”, United States Soccer.
The unsigned decision upheld the dismissal of Siasia’s lawsuit by a Manhattan trial judge in October 2021.
Siasia’s lawyer, Nitor Egbarin, said the decision could be the “end of the road” for the case, but he would discuss it with his client.
FIFA has said Siasia’s claims were unsubstantiated.
The soccer body is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and had banned Siasia under Swiss law.
In June 2021, the Court of Arbitration for Sport shortened the penalty, calling it too severe for a first offence.