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FIFA bans Africa football chief Ahmad Ahmad for corruption

November 23, 2020

The Madagascan official has been handed a five-year ban from all football-related activity for financial misconduct. His misappropriation of funds included a pilgrimage to Mecca.


African soccer confederation (CAF) head and FIFA Vice President Ahmad Ahmad was banned from all football-related activity on Monday due to financial misconduct.

World football's governing body FIFA issued the ban amid the Madagascan official's campaign to be reelected for a second four-year term as the head of his continent's confederation.

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But that ambition now lies in tatters after the FIFA ethics committee found "Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President."

Mecca trip

In addition to his ban, the 60-year-old was fined €185,000 ($220,000) for "the organization and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF's dealings with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities."  

Ahmad has been blighted by corruption allegations throughout his tenure as CAF president and was detained for questioning by French authorities on the eve of the 2019 Women's World Cup over an arrangement with a sports equipment firm that appeared to have little connection with soccer.

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jsi/rt (AFP, AP)

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