The Federation of International Football Federation (FIFA) has banned Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad five years from all football related activities.
The world football governing body announced the ban today.
Ahmad wass to contest for a second term in office as CAF President, with elections coming up on March 21, 2021.
Ahmad was found guilty by FIFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee of violating four sections of professional conduct bothering on corruption, gratification among others.
“The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee has found Ahmad Ahmad, the President of CAF and a FIFA Vice-President, guilty of having breached article 15 (Duty of loyalty), article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and article 25 (Abuse of position) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as artie 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of the 2018 edition,” FIFA said.
“The investigation into 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.
“In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the Adjudicatory Chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the Investigatory Chamber, 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 Ahmad had breached articles 15, 20 and 25 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as article 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 Ahmad.