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CAF president Ahmed Ahmed arrested in Paris on corruption claims: Report

Ahmad Ahmad's arrest is linked to the contract unilaterally broken by CAF with German equipment manufacturer Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel instead, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer, according to jeuneafrique

Ahram Online , Thursday 6 Jun 2019
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The president of Africa's football governing body Ahmad Ahmad was arrested Thursday morning at a hotel in Paris where he was staying to attend the FIFA Congress, Jeune Afrique reported.

The French-language pan-African news magazine said that Ahmad Ahmad was arrested at the Berri Hotel on charges of corruption and financial and fiscal offences.

Ahmad Ahmad's arrest is linked to the contract unilaterally broken by CAF with German equipment manufacturer Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel instead, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer, according to Jeune Afrique.

The new contract, which according to the former secretary general of the continental forum Amr Fahmy was favoured given the proximity between Ahmad Ahmad and one of the leaders of the French company, came at an additional cost of $830,000 dollars (739 000 euros).

"All decisions were made collegially" and were "transparent" said the accused boss of African football mid-April.

Ahmad Ahmad was in Paris to attend the FIFA Congress. His arrest resulted in the re-election as president of Gianni Infantino.

The African football governing body is currently under fire after the CAF Champions League final controversy between Tunisian side Esperance and Moroccan Wydad Casablanca.

Tunisian giants Esperance announced that they won't give up on their rights in winning the CAF Champions League title after the African football governing body ordered late Wednesday a replay of the abandoned second leg game of the tournament against Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

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