African head of football Ahmad Ahmad banned for five years
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad [Photo by KHALED DESOUKI / AFP]

The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has been banned from football for five years by FIFA following an ethics investigation by world soccer’s governing body.

Ahmad, who is president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had intended to stand in an election in March in which he would have faced a number of challengers.

FIFA said in a statement the independent Ethics Committee has found Ahmad guilty of offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, and misappropriation of funds.

FIFA had “sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for five years,” it said.

It also fined him 200,000 Swiss francs ($200,000).

African head of football Ahmad Ahmad banned for five years
-In this Thursday March 16, 2017 file photo, new president of the African soccer confederation Ahmad of Madagascar, speaks at a press conference after being chosen at the general assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/File)

 

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