The Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad has been banned by FIFA for five years. He was found to have breached various codes of ethics.
Ahmad was sanctioned for using CAF’s football money to send some FA presidents to Mecca for the pilgrimage amongst others.
The 60-year-old, who is also a vice-president of FIFA has been found to have breached codes relating to duty of loyalty, offering and accepting gifts, abuse of position and misappropriation of funds.
FIFA wrote: “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.”
Ahmad has also been fined $200,000. He has previously denied any wrongdoing.
He can appeal his sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAF) once he has received the full grounds for the decision, a process that can take up to 60 days.