CAF president released after being questioned in France

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Fri, 07 Jun 2019 - 01:17 GMT

Ahmad Ahmad - AFP/Ludovic Marin

Ahmad Ahmad - AFP/Ludovic Marin

CAIRO - 7 June 2019: The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, was released without charge in France on Friday, a day after being arrested for questioning, the Marseille public prosecutor said.

Ahmed Ahmed was summoned by French authorities on Thursday morning to be investigated for accusations of financial corruption.

Ahmed was accused of corruption linked to a contract “unilaterally broken” by CAF with German equipment-manufacturer Puma for La Seyne-sur-Mer- based company Technical Steel.

The CAF president was summoned from a hotel in Paris, where he was staying to attend the 69th FIFA Congress. Before holding the Congress, former Secretary-General of the CAF Amr Fahmy has filed a report on the corruption case to the French authorities, an official at Egypt-based CAF told Egypt Today on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media on Thursday.

FIFA has stated through its official website that it has taken note of the events concerning Mr Ahmad Ahmad, CAF president.

"FIFA is now clean from the scandals that tarnished its reputation and this same determination should prevail in governing bodies such as confederations. FIFA will be at the forefront of ensuring that this is enforced by everyone involved in football." FIFA stated.

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