Fifa formally charge Musavengana

HARARE - Fifa has begun formal adjudicatory proceedings against former Zimbabwe Football Association programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana and other African football officials over match-fixing allegations.

“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, under its chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert, has opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against Kirsten Nematandani, former president of the South African Football Association, Musavengana, and Banna Tchanile, former coach of the national team of Togo, based on the final report submitted by the investigatory chamber,” Fifa said in a statement yesterday.

“The investigations concerning Nematandani, Musavengana and Tchanile were conducted by Djimrabaye Bourngar, deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, and the final report was passed to the adjudicatory chamber on 17 August 2016.

“In the course of the proceedings, the officials will be invited to submit their positions, including any evidence with regard to the final report of the investigatory chamber (art. 70 par. 2 of the Fifa Code of Ethics) and may request a hearing (art. 74 par. 2 of the FCE).

“For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the adjudicatory chamber will not publish further details at the moment.”

The Fifa Ethics Committee last week recommended life bans for Musavengana and Tchanile while a six-year ban for Nematandani was deemed sufficient for their role in fixing a number of friendly internationals before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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