FIFA has banned its former interim president Issa Hayatou on Tuesday for alleged wrongdoing in a commercial deal for African soccer.
The former Confederation of African Football (CAF) president for 29 years, was banned for one year for a breach of “duty of loyalty” rules, FIFA said in announcing the ruling of its ethics committee.
A fine of 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) was also slammed on him, though how FIFA can enforce payment is a different ball game altogether.
The FIFA investigation concluded Hayatou signed CAF “into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardère Sport,” a media rights agency based in France.
Hayatou was a long-time FIFA vice president and its stand-in president for several months between Sepp Blatter’s suspension from office in October 2015 and the election of Gianni Infantino four months later.
The 74-year-old Cameroonian lost the CAF presidency in 2017 in an election against Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, whose campaign had been supported by Infantino.
Whether the FIFA ban will affect Hayatou’s honorary membership of the International Olympic Committee is left to be seen.
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