Banned from football for the sixth time in his life, Simataa Simataa said yesterday he would be taking his case to the office of the Office of Public Protector.
Simataa said his ban from all football-related activities by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for alleged unethical conduct against the association amounted to intimidation and harassment.
It is the sixth ban the outspoken Simataa has coped in his nearly 30 years of involvement in football administration, becoming Zambia’s most banned sports personality.
Joking that he was probably the most banned sports person in the world, Simataa said he would be taking the matter to the Office of the Public Protector. “I think this is something I must take to the Public Protector. I am going there on Monday,” he said.
Simataa questioned if members of the FAZ Ethics Committee understood the law for them to ban him before he could defend himself.
Simataa said in an interview when he attended the meeting that he did not go there to submit his defence but to present preliminary grounds for his argument.
“How can they make a ruling on preliminary grounds? I was clear that I was presenting six preliminary grounds not my defence and so how can they make a ruling before I defend myself. Have they ever heard of a trial within a trial? These are lawyers, don’t they know the law?” Simataa said.
Asked whether he would appeal the ban, Simataa asked to whom he could appeal, explaining he had not yet received the letter and only saw it on social media where he posted a picture of himself at Football House where he found that the letter was not ready.
“I have been banned before in the past. This will be my sixth ban. What did I do in the past? Who should I appeal to?” he said.
Among the submission Simataa presented to the committee was the argument that FAZ had no code of ethics in keeping with Article 60 (3) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and therefore invoking the article needed a resolution of the executive committee.
Simataa also submitted that the commissioners were conflicted because one of them was a his relative while the chairman, Cephas Katongo, was a close friend of FAZ president Andrew Kamanga’s.
But the committee responded that the submissions lacked merit and were misconceived because the FAZ Constitution, under Article 7, mandated bodies and officials of FAZ to observe statutes, regulations, directives, decisions and the Code of Ethics of FIFA.