The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has handed a five-year ban to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad.
Ahmad Ahmad who doubles as FIFA vice-president has been banned from football related activities over financial misappropriation.
“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,” FIFA Adjudicatory Chamber confirmed.
The 60-year old was found guilty by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee 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 investigation followed concerns from various CAF-related governance issues which included the organization and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca with CAF funds.
Others included CAF’s dealings with the sports Equipment Company and Tactical Steel.
Besides the lengthy ban, Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar has also been fined an amount of CHF 200,000.
CAF first vice president Constant Omari will now assume the president’s office on interim basis until the CAF Executive Assembly scheduled for March 2021.