By Orkula Shaagee (ABUJA)
World football governing body, FIFA, has slammed a four year ban on former Nigeria junior international, Orji Okonkwo for doping violation by the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunal extended worldwide.
In its ruling on the case for worldwide extension of the ban, brought before it by Italian NADO, Chairperson of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Jorge Ivan Palacio affirmed that the player had been cited properly and he has had the opportunity to state his case.
He said the decision has been communicated properly and complies with the regulations of FIFA and extending the sanctions does not conflict with public order or with accepted standards of behaviour.
“Consequently, the Committee decided to extend the sanction imposed on the player by the Italian NADO on 20 June 2022. More specifically, the player is sanctioned with a four (4) years suspension from all football-related activities in accordance with the Decision.