The FIFA Appeals Committee has overturned the two-year ban imposed Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee member and Zambia legend Kalusha Bwalya.
World soccer governing body FIFA has lifted the two-year ban imposed on former FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya for unethical conduct.
Bwalya was banned for two year by the FIFA Ethics Committee on April 12, 2018 but appealed the ban.
“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 CAF, and reduced the sanction previously imposed by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee in its decision dated 12 April 2018,” read the statement.
“After analysing and taking into consideration 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.”
Bwalya was banned by the FIFA adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee for taking a bribe from former FIFA Vice President Mohammed Bin Hammam.
“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,” a statement from FIFA read.
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.