World Football’s governing body, FIFA, on Monday announced a 5-year ban on the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a FIFA Vice-President, Ahmad Ahmad, over indictment on corruption charges.
FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee found Ahmad 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 article 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of the 2018 edition.
A release made available of the FIFA website says the investigation into Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period from 2017 to 2019 is related to 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, after an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered and made available to it 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 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. Also, a fine of CHF 200,000 has been imposed on Mr Ahmad.
The terms of the decision were notified to Ahmad on Monday, November 23, 2020, the date on which the ban comes into force.
In accordance with article 78 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the full, motivated decision will be notified to Ahmad in the next 60 days.