Zambian football legend, Kalusha Bwalya, has been handed a two-year ban by the Independent Ethics Committee of FIFA for receiving benefits from banned former Asian Football Confederation President, Mohamed bin Hammam.
FIFA confirmed Bwalya’s ban on their official website on Friday.
Bin Hammam was banned for life from all FIFA and football-related activities following a decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee in July 2011.
Also in December 2012, FIFA handed Bin Hammam a second life ban from football after “conflicts of interest” were identified in his role as president of the AFC.
A statement on FIFA’s website reads:”The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Kalusha Bwalya, member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for two years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.
“The investigation against Mr Bwalya was opened on 28 February 2017, and focused principally on benefits that Mr Bwalya had received from Mr Bin Hammam.
“The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Bwalya guilty of having violated art. 16 (Confidentiality) and art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. A fine in the amount of CHF 100,000 was also imposed on Mr Bwalya.
“The decision was notified to Mr Bwalya today, and the ban comes into force immediately.”