Following his failure to appear in court to answer to the charge made against him, a Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere area on Monday renewed its bench warrant for the arrest of a ex-Super Eagles Skipper, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha for alleged tax evasion.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye renewed the order of arrest as a result of Okocha’s alleged failure to settle his income tax.
The ex- footballer was charged by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in a three-count charge bordering on failure to furnish return of income.
But, after several adjournments without the defendant appearing in court when service have been effected on the defendant, the prosecutor urged the court to issue a bench warrant.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye on January 29, 2019, had earlier issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the ex supper eagles icon and adjourned until February 19, 2019.
However on February 19, the prosecution had not effected the arrest, the court ordered that on the next adjourned date the order should have been executed.
Justice Akintoye adjourned the case until today for the execution of the bench warrant and further hearing.
The Lagos State Prosecutor submitted that the offences contravene Sections 56 (a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No.8, 2006.
Also Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
FIFA suspends Moses Magogo for two months
The chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has ratified the plea bargain entered into by Mr Moses Hassim Magogo, President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations and member of the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee, and the chairperson of the investigatory chamber.
An investigation into Mr Magogo was opened on 23 July 2018 related to the resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.
In accordance with art. 67 par.1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the parties have mutually agreed on the following sanctions:
· A fine of CHF 10,000.
· A two-month suspension from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level.
The suspension became effective upon the validation of the agreement by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber on 10 October 2019.
Cardiff City moves to appeal FIFA ruling over Sala’s transfer payment
Cardiff disclosed on Wednesday they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA’s decision to make them pay Nantes the first instalment of the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.
The world governing body, FIFA this week ordered Cardiff to pay French club Nantes an initial six million euros ($6.5 million) in their dispute over the payment of the transfer fee for Sala, who died in a plane crash.
Cardiff in a statement, said : “There remains clear evidence that the transfer agreement was never completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements which were requested by Nantes, thereby rendering it null and void”.
“We shall be appealing to CAS in order to seek a decision which considers all of the relevant contractual information and provides clarity on the full legal situation between our two clubs.”
Ex- Manchester United striker, Berbatov retires
Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has announced his retirement from football.
This is coming 18 months after leaving India’s Kerala Blasters, bringing an end to a glittering 20-year career.
The 38-year-old, Bulgaria’s record goalscorer, also played for CSKA Sofia; Bayer Leverkusen; Fulham; Monaco; and Greek side PAOK.
He has been without a club since leaving India’s Kerala Blasters 18 months ago.
“Someone told me I need to say something, and seeing that people were asking me, especially back home, I need to give a farewell message,” Berbatov wrote on Instagram.
“My last game was more then one year ago, so I think it’s the right time now to stop, and it’s long overdue.”
The Hotspur striker, who won two Premier League titles with Manchester United and was named Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year seven times between 2004 and 2010, added that he planned to remain in soccer in some capacity.
“When I think about it, it’s never the end, because I will stay in the game one way or another,” he said.
Berbatov joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2008 for what was then a club record fee of 30.75 million pounds (38.38 million dollars) .
He made his Bulgaria debut in 1999, aged 18, but retired from international football in 2010 after scoring 48 goals in 79 matches.
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