FIFA bans CAF president Ahmad Ahmad for five years over corruption

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

Independent Ethics Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association stated they discovered that the previous Madagascar authorities official breached his obligation of loyalty, supplied presents and different advantages, mismanaged funds and abused his place because the CAF President.”

CAF additionally appeared to pay about $100,000 for 18 folks, together with Ahmad and the heads of a few of the continent’s 54 nationwide member federations, to journey on the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, in line with the report.

FIFA has taken over the administration of the group till a brand new president is elected in March subsequent yr.

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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 assertion learn on Fifa website.

“The investigation into Mr Ahmad’s conduct in his place as CAF President through the interval from 2017 to 2019 involved numerous CAF-related governance points, together with the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealings with the sports activities gear firm Tactical Steel and different actions.

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“In its choice, following an in depth listening to, the adjudicatory chamber dominated that, based mostly on info gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Ahmad had breached his obligation of loyalty, supplied presents and different advantages, mismanaged funds and abused his place because 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 time period as CAF president was rocked with allegations of corruption and misconduct on 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 a couple of CAF gear cope with an organization that appeared to have little reference to soccer.

Ahmad, 60, disclosed his intention to run for a second term in office final month, however was down with the coronavirus, which compelled him handy over to CAF’s first vice-president Constant Omari as he continued his restoration.

CAF election to decide on the subsequent president is scheduled for March 12 in Rabat, Morocco.

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