The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of the world football governing body FIFA yesterday August 3rd found former CAF president Mr. Issa Hayatou guilty for having breached article 15 (Duty of Loyalty) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
The ethics committee launched the investigations due to Mr Hayatou’s involvement as president in the negotiation, conclusion and signature of the memorandum of understanding and contractual agreement for the commercialisation of media and marketing rights of competitions organised by CAF with an Egyptian firm Lagardère Sport between the period of 2014 to 2017.
The Adjudicatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee came to the conclusion that Mr. Hayatou breached his duty of Loyalty in his position as CAF president for personal gains or profit.
The committee says this decision was detrimental and caused significant damages to CAF both financially (amounting to 200 million Egyptian pounds) and as well as the reputation of the organisation.
For breaching article 15 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, Issa Hayatou has been sanctioned with a BAN from any football related activity both local and international for a period of one year. He has also been fined a whooping sum of 30,000 Swiss francs (approximately 19m FCFA) payable to the organisation.
Issa Hayatou is currently serving as board chair of Cameroon National football academy ANAFOOT. He served as CAF president over a period of 30years and will go down in history as the longest serving CAF president from 1987 to 2017 when he was defeated by Ahmad Ahmad. He has also served as FIFA president (temporarily in 2015) He has occupied the Post of FIFA vice president and member of the FIFA Council.
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