CAF President Ahmad Ahmad Arrested in France

President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad was arrested on Thursday morning at a hotel in Paris, where he was staying to attend the FIFA Congress.

Ahmad was arrested on Thursday morning around 8:30 am at the Berri Hotel in Paris, and held for question by the services of the Central Office for the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offenses ( l’Office central de lutte contre la corruption et les infractions financières et fiscales – OCLIF), Jeune Afrique reports.

The report also indicates that the arrest could be 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, France.

The contract signing which, according to the former Secretary General of the continental football body Amr Fahmy, was favored by the proximity between Ahmad Ahmad and one of the heads of the French company, whose additional cost would reach $830,000 (€739,000). However, earlier in April, the President had defended the contract stating that “All decisions were made collegially” and “transparent”.

The arrest comes as Ahmad Ahmad was in Paris to attend the FIFA Congress, which resulted in the re-election of President Gianni Infantino.

On Wednesday night, CAF made the decision to replay the final return of the CAF Champions League, after the controversial interruption of the match for a problem related to the Video Assistance Referee. A lively controversy ensued, Tunisians Esperance Sports Tunis, declared winners making it the fourth title in their history, having announced their intention to apply to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).