Former Ghana FA (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi admitted to having breached several codes of FIFA’s ethics when his appeal was heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Following his appeal, CAS reduced Nyantakyi’s lifetime Fifa ban from football to 15 years while also lowering his fine of $500,000 to $100,000.
Despite having previously denied any wrongdoing, the former FIFA Council member and vice-president of the Confederation of African Football confessed to having broken rules relating to conflict of interest, bribery and corruption, and commission.
“[Nyantakyi] admitted his guilt only on the morning of the final hearing,” CAS wrote in its full grounds, dated April 2020, relating to the decision to reduce his sanction.
“[He] added that a life ban would ruin his life and be disproportionate in the circumstances,” said the CAS report, which has yet to be made public but a copy of which has been seen by the BBC.
“[He] accepted at the hearing the necessity of CAS imposing a significant sanction and that, since he had admitted the offences, the ban could not be quashed.”
Instead, Nyantakyi’s legal team successfully argued that a life ban was neither fair nor commensurate to the offences committed.
In June 2018, the former member of FIFA’s executive council was filmed taking $65,000 in cash from an undercover reporter in a film captured by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which was aired by BBC Africa’s investigations unit, Africa Eye.