The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) granted the suspended president of the African Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, a temporary pardon and he is now eligible to contest the presidency of the CAF listed for March 12, 2021.
“Due to the risk of irreparable harm to Mr. Ahmad if the disciplinary sanction is maintained during the period prior to the CAF elections, the CAS Panel has confirmed the request for temporary suspension of the effects of the decision of the Chamber of Award from the FIFA Ethics Committee until the day the final CAS award is issued, ”CAS said in a statement on Friday.
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Mr. Ahmad Ahmad against the decision of the Adjudication Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee issued on November 19, 2020 (grounds notified on January 21 2021).
“This decision established that Mr. Ahmad had committed several violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics and imposed a ban on him from participating in any type of football-related activity at national and international level for five years, as well as a fine of CHF 200,000 .
“With his appeal requesting the annulment of the FIFA decision, Mr. Ahmad submitted a request for provisional measures to be able to participate in the elections of the African Football Confederation (CAF) on March 12, 2021.”
Ahmad was on a five-year suspension imposed by the world’s governing body for soccer, FIFA, in November 2020, which freed the Malagasy from CAF control and prevented him from engaging in soccer-related activities.
Ahmad had appealed the FIFA decision and CAS granted his request for an expedited trial and suspended FIFA’s judgment until it issues a final judgment on March 2.