The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has been banned by the world football governing body, FIFA, for five years for breaching various code of ethics.
Ahmad 60, has been found to have breached codes relating to duty of loyalty (art 15), abuse of position (art 25), offering and accepting gifts (art 20), as well as misappropriation of funds
A statement from FIFA reads: “…The investigation into Mr. Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period from 2017-2019 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.
Mr. Ahmad had previously denied claims that he had any involvement in any of the alleged claims but the adjudicatory chamber of independent Ethics Committee has found Ahmad Ahmad who is also the FIFA Vice-president guilty of breaching the said ethics.
“In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr. Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and ogher benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as CAF President, pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the statement continued.
“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.
“The terms of the decision were notified to Mr. Ahmad today, the date on which the ban comes into force. In accordance with art 78 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the full, motivated decision will be notified to Mr. Ahmad in the next 60 days, after which it will be published on legal.fifa.com.”