FIFA Bans CAF President for Five Years Over Ethics Violations

Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has banned Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmed Ahmed for five years after an ethics investigation found him “guilty of having breached” ethics code.

Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has banned Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmed Ahmed for five years after an ethics investigation found him “guilty of having breached” ethics code.

According to a statement released on Nov. 23, FIFA “sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for five years” after the organization’s independent Ethics Committee found him guilty of breaching his duty of loyalty, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanaging funds, and abusing his position.

The investigation covered various issues on Ahmed’s governance of CAF from 2017 to 2019, including the funding of a pilgrimage trip to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and his involvement in CAF’s dealings with French sports equipment company Tactical Steel.

The decision came a year after Former CAF General-Secretary Amr Fahmy, who died from cancer last year, had been fired after alleging Ahmed of corruption in a document to FIFA. The document also alleged sexual harassment to female CAF staff.

The decision also came a month after Ahmed, whose position also made him FIFA Vice President, submitted his candidacy for a second term, with elections due to take place on March 12, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.

In addition to the ban, FIFA imposed Ahmed with a fine amounting to 200,000 Swiss francs ($219,169).


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