The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad has been arrested from a hotel in France by the French police.
Ahmad was arrested today in France where he'd gone to attend a FIFA Congress. Although FIFA says it is unaware of the details surrounding Ahmad’s arrest, several allegations have been levelled against the baby-faced football administrator from Madagascar. Ahmad took over from strongman Issa Hayatou in 2017, whose own 29-year CAF legacy was also largely marred with corruption allegations.
The Malagasy’s trouble seem to stem from sacked CAF secretary general Amr Fahmy’s dossier against him sent to Fifa’s independent Ethics Committee. According to an article by New Frame, Ahmad bemused the CAF secretariat when he cancelled a referees kit order for the 2018 African Championship of Nations (Chan) in Morocco (now in Egypt) and ordered for the same supplies from Adidas.
Not only was the new order more unusually expensive, but it was supposed to go through Ahmad’s friend in France. It is alleged that Ahmad took a hefty bribe for the cancellation of this contract.
Ahmad also allegedly claimed almost $18,000 in expenses from CAF in air travel and per diem daily expense costs for last year’s World Cup in Russia, despite it being a Fifa tournament and having nothing to do with CAF. Like all world football association presidents, FIFA paid Ahmad a generous travel and daily allowance already.
He has also been accused of sexual harassment - allegations he categorically denies.