Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad has been banned for five years by Fifa for breaching various codes of ethics. The 60-year-old, a vice-president of world governing body Fifa, has been found to have breached codes relating to duty of loyalty, offering and accepting gifts, abuse of position and misappropriation of funds. “The investigation into Mr Ahmad’s conduct … from 2017 to 2019 concerned various Caf-related governance issues, including the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in Caf’s dealing with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities,” a Fifa statement read. Mr Ahmad has also been fined $200,000. He has previously denied any wrongdoing. In a rare move, Fifa has split its investigation into two parts with Ahmad having asked for his ethics case to be resolved prior to the 12 November deadline for presidential candidates to be named. After his bout of coronavirus, which he tested positive for on 30 October, delayed his hearing, this deadline was unable to be met. He can appeal his sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) once he has received the full grounds for the decision, a process that can take up to 60 days.
SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST