The big stick from the NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play has fallen on the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, who was caught collecting bribe during a sting operation.

Former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu as well as his committee members have shed more lights on their findings which led to the subsequent one-year ban slammed on Yusuf as well as $5,000 fine to be paid within three months.

Here are 5 of the findings by the NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play that led to the hammer on Yusuf.

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1. It was  established from the admission of Coach Salisu Yusuf and also found as a fact from the documentary and video evidence before it, that he accepted the cash gift of $1,000 offered by Tigers Player’s Agency, an undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, for their inclusion in the list of players for 2018 CHAN Competition in Morocco.

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2. The Committee found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the part of Coach Salisu Yusuf but a conscious and deliberate decision to have accepted the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player agent/undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, even though the evidence before the Committee did not establish that his conduct influenced the choice of the two players.

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3. That the act of the Coach, which was widely published on the British Broadcasting Corporation, has a damaging effect on the reputation and integrity of Nigerian Football, as he ought to have conducted himself more professionally in line with the Code of Conduct signed alongside his Contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, as his conduct in public and in secret should be exemplary, since coaches are role models.

4. That the FIFA Code of Ethics, NFF Code of Ethics and FIFA Disciplinary Code, did not contemplate negligence or error of judgement as a defence to violation of any of the provisions as contained therein, as punitive measures must be adopted.

5. The ban and fine are to serve as deterrent to other intending offenders, even though, that Coach Salisu is a first-time offender.

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