CAF President Ahmad Ahmad arrested over corruption charges
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad, was arrested on Thursday morning in a Paris hotel by French police.
According to French tabloid Jeune Afrique, Ahmad’s arrest is linked to the contract unilaterally broken by CAF with the German equipment manufacturer Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer.
The signing of a contract which, according to the former secretary general of CAF Amr Fahmy, was favored by the proximity between Ahmad Ahmad and one of the leaders of the French company, whose additional cost would reach 830 000 dollars.
The allegations against Ahmad follow a string of scandals related to FIFA’s practices in Latin America and Asia in recent years, which have led to the indictment and jailing of numerous senior football administrators.
Ahmad has consistently denied any wrong doing and maintained his innocence.
He was picked up after attending the FIFA Congress, which resulted in the re-election of President Gianni Infantino.