African Football Confederation (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad, suspended by FIFA for five years for several ethical violations, including embezzlement, announced on Wednesday that he would take over the Court of Arbitration for Sport. “The decision was not made in a fair and impartial manner,” the 60-year-old Madagascan leader said on his Twitter account, who intended to run for a second term at the helm of African football in the March 12, 2021 election. The court “will be accompanied by a request for suspension” of FIFA’s decision to allow Ahmad Ahmad “to campaign for his re-election”, the team added in a statement.
In a statement issued Monday, FIFA’s ethics committee said the leader “did not perform his duty of loyalty, gave gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as CAF president”. He therefore banned him for five years from “any football-related activity”, national or international, and fined him 200,000 Swiss francs (185,000 euros). But Ahmad Ahmad lamented the “leak” of the press “for information on the current proceedings” and reported on “rumors” about “possible involvement of FIFA in the work of the ethics committee”, which is supposed to be independent. that the domestic justice of the instance “hastened to make an immediate executive decision in an emergency, without announcing the reasons for the sentence”, in order to block his path to re-election.
Fifa, which will announce its detailed decision within 60 days, has so far indicated that the investigation “focused on various issues related to the management of the CAF, including the organization and financing of the La Mecca pilgrimage, its links to the Tactical Steel sports equipment company.” and other activities. ” This disciplinary action partly coincides with the criminal investigation opened in May 2019 in Marseille, especially for corruption, which resulted in the arrest of the leader and placed in police custody before leaving without prosecution.
In this case, CAF originally signed with Puma at the end of 2017 to procure equipment for 580 African Cup of Nations volunteers, but terminated the contract in favor of French SME Tactical Steel for an amount greater than the original contract. The interim head of African football is being held by his Congolese vice-president, Konstantin Omari, who took over at mid-November as Ahmad Ahmad recovered from a coronavirus.