The International Sports Court “CAS” issued a decision today, Friday, on the appeal filed by Ahmed Ahmed, the former president of the Confederation of African Football, “CAF”, against the decision to suspend him by the International Federation of Football Association “FIFA”.
The court announced that on March 2, it will consider the appeal of Malagasy Ahmed Ahmed against the suspension decision, which may allow him to return to the competition for the CAF presidency and win the second term.
In its statement, the Sports Court announced that it has put in place an urgent procedure and will issue the verdict on 12 March on the day of the CAF presidency elections, to be held in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.
In the event that Ahmed is acquitted of the accusations of financial corruption, which led to his suspension last November for five years of any football activity, the 61-year-old Malagasy will be able to defend the restoration of his position, by competing with the four candidates for the post of president.
The court added, “Given the risk of irreparable harm to Mr. Ahmed if disciplinary punishment is maintained before the elections, the Court of Arbitration for Sport temporarily suspends the effects of FIFA’s decision, allowing the former president of the African Union to campaign for his nomination.”
On November 23 last year, FIFA punished Ahmed Ahmed by suspending him from practicing any sporting activity for five years due to financial corruption, with a fine of 200,000 Swiss francs.
The investigations during the period from 2017 to 2019 found Ahmed Ahmed using his influence and committing several breaches of the Tactical Steel contract, as well as organizing and financing an Umrah trip.
But Ahmed Ahmed decided to file an appeal against the punishment before the Sports Court, considering himself innocent of all the accusations leveled against him of financial corruption inside CAF.