The president of Confederation of African Football (Caf) Ahmad Ahmad has been banned for five years by Fifa on the grounds of breaching various codes of conducts.
The 60-year-old Madagascar National has been found guilty by FIFA for breaching codes relating to duty of loyalty, abuse of position and misappropriation of funds.
“The investigation into Mr Ahmad’s conduct … from 2017 to 2019 concerned various Caf-related governance issues, including the organisation and financing of ah Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in Caf’s dealing with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities” a section from Fifa statement reads.
Mr Ahmad, a Fifa vice-president, has previously denied corruption allegations leveled against him.
Last month, he made public his intention to go for a second term in office when CAF elections take place next March.
But that is now in serious doubt as he would have to pass an eligibility test to resume his place on the Fifa Council.