FIFA, the world football governing body, has slammed Manuel Nascimento, the president of Guinea Bissau Football Federation, a ten ten-year ban from all football and football related activities for his involvement in a mob incident against a man in his country.
Thw international ban was handed the football administrator late Friday evening, less than 24 hours before he was due to contest Saturday’s election for his third term in office as the leader of the football federation.
Nascimento, who was seeking a third, four-year term in Saturday’s polls was also hit with a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs Swiss (about 93 thousand Euros) for the offence.
The decision means he will not contest Saturday’s election and there will be a new leader in charge of the Guinea-Bissau federation after Saturday morning’s election in the country’s capital.
Seven candidates are running for the presidency of the Football Federation of Guinea-Bissau following the ban imposed on Nascimento for the incident that occurred in the capital Bissau.
The adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee found Nascimento guilty of breach his duty to protect the physical and mental integrity of others, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information, including video material, gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Nascimento had breached his duty, as per the FIFA Code of Ethics, to protect the physical and mental integrity of the man who was the victim of the mobbing,” the FIFA statement read.
“Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Nascimento had breached art. 23 (Protection of physical and mental integrity) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for ten years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000 has been imposed on Mr Nascimento.”
Nascimento wrote off the ban, saying: “Imagine, one day before the elections and this matter was made public. I am calm. I spoke with my lawyer and said I have 60 days to do what we have to do “.
He has 60 days to appeal the decision at the Court for Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.
Nascimento is a hugely divisive figure in African football often publicly verbally attacking people who are politically opposed to him in the trajectory of African football.
In 2017 just before the CAF elections, he reportedly vowed to quit football administration if Issa Hayatou, whom he so much supported, lost the CAF presidential election in Addis Ababa, where current leader,Ahmad Ahmad won.