Reports from French capital Paris indicate that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad was arrested on Thursday 6 June at Berri Hotel in Paris where he was residing while attending the FIFA Congress.
According to French tabloid Jeune Afrique, Ahmad was arrested during morning hours on charges linked with CAF’s termination of a contract with German equipment manufactirer, Puma to engage with the Technical Steel, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer. .
The tabloid further reports that Ahmad will have his case heard by the Central Office for the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offences.
“A signing of a contract which, according to the former secretary general of the continental forum 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 (84 M Ksh). “All decisions were made collegially” and “transparent,” defended mid-April the boss of African football.” wrote the tabloid.
Ahmad’s arrest comes after CAF made a decision to have the second leg of the CAF Champions League pitting Wydad Casablanca against Esperance replayed after its controversial ending when the VAR broke down as Wydad protested a disallowed goal.