Guinea FA bans Belgian coach Put and VP Diaby

August 19 – The Guinea Football Federation (Feguifoot) has slapped a life ban on the country’s former Belgian coach Paul Put and issued a seven-year suspension on the federation’s vice president, Amadou Diaby.

Feguifoot’s ethics commission ruled that both had allegedly breached the institution’s code of ethics and its code of discipline following an investigation. Put has been ordered to pay €100,000 and Diaby €25,000.

Put was in charge of Guinea at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations but was sacked after the team were knocked out in the round of 16 having finished top of their qualifying group.

At the time the federation said there had been an “atmosphere of mistrust created and maintained by the coach between the players and the technical staff.”

Put has not yet responded while Diaby has denied any wrong-doing through his lawyer, Malick Ibrahim.

“We believe that the facts stated are not true and we’re convinced our client has not been treated fairly in this process,” Ibrahim told local media.

“We will contest this decision to clear the name of Amadou Diaby even if it means going to the international body tasked with sports litigations.”

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