The president of the African Football Confederation, Ahmad Ahmad, has been suspended for 5 years by FIFA for violating many rules, including embezzlement and abuse of power, the world football body announced on Monday.
“The adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Commission has judged Ahmad Ahmad, president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) and vice-president of FIFA, guilty of having violated art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), 20 (Acceptance and distribution of gifts or other benefits) and 25 (Abuse of power) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 (Embezzlement) of its 2018 edition, ” FIFA wrote in a statement.
“The investigation into the behavior of Mr. Ahmad as president of CAF between 2017 and 2019 focused on various issues related to the governance of CAF, including the organization and funding of a pilgrimage to Mecca ( Oumra), his connections with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities, ” the statement continued.
The ban was announced during the Malagasy official’s campaign to be reelected for four years at the head of African football. His position also makes him a FIFA vice-president.
The FIFA ethics committee concluded that “Ahmad violated his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as CAF president ”.