FIFA Independent Ethics Committee has handed the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, a five-year ban from all football-related activities with a 200,000 Swiss Franc fine.
It was understands that Ahmad who was down with COVID-19 in October served in a dual capacity as CAF President and also as FIFA vice president.
The adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee found Ahmad guilty of abuse of office, misappropriation of funds and, offering gifts and other benefits as CAF president and FIFA vice-president.
Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee sanctions Ahmad Ahmad: https://t.co/PP4eBYwpYH
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Late last month, Ahmad disclosed his intention to run for a second term in office but he was down with coronavirus, which forced him to hand over to CAF’s first vice-president Constant Omari as he continues his recovery.
“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 Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period of 2017 to 2019 involves various CAF-related governance issues, including the organization and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealings with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities.