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FIFA bans African football chief for 5 years

 Sports Desk

 Published: 04:35 PM, 24 November 2020  

FIFA bans African football chief for 5 years

FIFA bans African football chief for 5 years

The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has been banned from football for five years by FIFA following an ethics investigation by the world football’s governing body.

Ahmad, who is president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had intended to stand for re-election in March, a campaign in which he would have faced a number of challenges.

The ban was announced during the Madagascan official’s campaign for four more years as the head of CAF. His position also makes him a FIFA vice president.

In a statement on Monday, FIFA said the independent Ethics Committee had found Ahmad guilty of offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, and misappropriation of funds.

FIFA had “sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity at both national and international level for five years”, it said.

Ahmad, who was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000), declined to comment when contacted by the Reuters news agency.

Ahmad’s first four-year term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

He was detained by French authorities in Paris on the eve of the Women’s World Cup for questioning about a CAF equipment deal with a company that appeared to have little connection with football.

Ahmed was relieved of his duties for 20 days last week due to contract coronavirus. The 60-year-old will be able to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the ban.