FIFA bans CAF president Ahmad Ahmad for five years over corruption

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Ahmad Ahmad, the embattled president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has been handed a 5-year ban from all football-related activities over alleged corruption. He was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000).

Independent Ethics Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association said they found that the former Madagascar government official breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President.”

CAF also appeared to pay about $100,000 for 18 people, including Ahmad and the heads of some of the continent’s 54 national member federations, to travel on the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, according to the report.

FIFA has taken over the management of the organization until a new president is elected in March next year.

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“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Ahmad Ahmad, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a FIFA Vice-President, guilty of having breached art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of the 2018 edition,” the statement read on Fifa website.

“The investigation into Mr Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period from 2017 to 2019 concerned various CAF-related governance issues, including the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealings with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities.

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“In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President, pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Ahmad had breached arts 15, 20 and 25 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 of the 2018 edition, and sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for five years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 200,000 has been imposed on Mr Ahmad.”

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Ahmad’s four-year term as CAF president was rocked with allegations of corruption and misconduct at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

He was detained by French authorities in Paris on the eve of the Women’s World Cup for questioning about a CAF equipment deal with a company that appeared to have little connection with soccer.

Ahmad, 60, disclosed his intention to run for a second term in office last month, but was down with the coronavirus, which forced him to hand over to CAF’s first vice-president Constant Omari as he continued his recovery.

CAF election to choose the next president is scheduled for March 12 in Rabat, Morocco.

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