FIFA lifts Kalu ban

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The FIFA Appeals Committee has reduced the two-year ban imposed on Zambian football icon Kalusha Bwalya to time served, meaning he is in now free to return to football.

In August 2018, the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee found Bwalya guilty of violating article 16 (Confidentiality) and article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. He was was handed a two-year ban from all football-related activity and also slapped with a CHF100,000 (US$100,000) fine.

But the former FAZ president appealed FIFA’s decision and has today been notified that his ban has been cut from two years to the five months he has already served.

“The FIFA Appeal Committee has partially upheld the appeal lodged by Mr Kalusha Bwalya, the former President of the Football Association of Zambia and member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football, and reduced the sanction previously imposed by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee in its decision dated 12 April 2018,” reads a statement on the FIFA website.

“After analysing and taking into consideration all the circumstances of the case, the FIFA Appeal Committee decided to reduce the duration of the ban from taking part in any football-related activity imposed on Mr Bwalya to the period already served at the time of the notification of the present decision.”

FIFA has further reduced his fine from CHF100,000 to CHF10,000.

“As a consequence, the ban imposed on Mr Bwalya ended upon notification of the decision of the FIFA Appeal Committee. Furthermore, a fine of CHF 10,000 has been imposed on Mr Bwalya.

“The decision of the FIFA Appeal Committee was notified to Mr Bwalya today, and came into force immediately.”

 

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