FIFA vice president arrested in Paris for bribery

6 June 2019

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Photo: Getty Images The bribery allegations against the FIFA Vice President are reportedly linked to the 2017 switch CAF made from its German kit supplier Puma to French company Tactical Steel.

The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and vice president of FIFA Ahmad Ahmad was arrested in Paris on Thursday.

The 59-year-old was arrested at his hotel on allegations of bribery.

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Ahmad Ahmad, a FIFA vice president and the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has been arrested in Paris on Thursday on allegations of bribery.

The bribery allegations are reportedly linked to the 2017 switch CAF made from its German kit supplier Puma to French company Tactical Steel.

In a statement, FIFA said it "has taken note of the alleged events concerning Mr Ahmad Ahmad, who is being questioned by the French authorities in relation to allegations related to his mandate while president of CAF".

Dogged by controversy

Ahmad was elected president of CAF in 2017, a position which gave him a seat on FIFA's ruling council as a vice president.

His time in charge of the Egyptian-based organisation, however, has been dogged by controversy and he is already the subject of a FIFA ethics committee investigation.

FIFA will be at the forefront of ensuring that this is enforced by everyone involved in football.

"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,” the statement added.

The news comes after FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the organisation's 211 member associations that FIFA was no longer "toxic" and corruption would "never again" be tolerated when he was re-elected Wednesday.