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FIFA Bans CAF President, Ahmad For Five Years Over Financial Misconduct, Abuse Of Office

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FIFA has banned Ahmad Ahmad, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), from all football-related activity for financial misappropriation and abuse of office.

The FIFA Ethics Committee had investigated Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period from 2017 to 2019 on various CAF-related governance issues.

The issues include 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”.

According to a statement published on FIFA’s official website on Monday, the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, ruled that 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 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 statement added.

“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.”

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