Seedy Kinteh banned by FIFA for corruption

Former Gambia Football Association (FA) President Seedy Kinteh has been banned four-years by the ethics committee of FIFA for taking cash gifts from former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar.

The football world governing body says its ethics committee found Kinteh guilty on charges of bribery and corruption and accepting gifts before being $200,000 with the ban coming into effect immediately.

A FIFA statement said: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Mr Seedy Kinteh, former President of the Gambia Football Federation, for four years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. The investigation against Mr Kinteh was opened on 1 March 2017.”

It added that: “In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found Mr Kinteh guilty of having violated art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the 2012 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics. As a consequence, Mr Kinteh has been banned for four years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. Additionally, a fine in the amount of USD 200,000 has been imposed on Mr Kinteh.”

Kinteh was named in a 2014 investigation report by FIFA’ then-ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia for taking payments totalling $69,396 from Bin Hammam, a former FIFA presidential aspirant, from February 2010 to April 2011.

In a leaked letter seen by Gambia Sports, the former FA president wrote a “letter of gratitude” to Bin Hammam thanking him on behalf of “the people of The Gambia” for the “financial and moral support” the Qatari offered to him.

Kinteh also pledged to marshal WAFU’s votes on Bin Hammam’s behalf in 2011 ahead of the FIFA elections.