Cameroonian-born Issa Hayatou, former president of the Confederation of African Football, CAF has been banned from all football related activities for one year and charged a fine of FCFA 19 million to pay by the ethics committee of world football governing body, FIFA for a breach of “duty of loyalty” rules.
The decision was made public Tuesday August 3 by FIFA. It follows nvestigations launched after Hayatou stepped down from CAF in 2017.
The FIFA investigation concluded the Cameroonian-born negotiated and signed CAF “into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardère Sport,” a media rights agency based in France.
The 12-year deal was worth a reported $1 billion and gave exclusive rights to CAF competitions including the African Cup of Nations and African Champions League through 2028. It was later cancelled.
Hayatou was a long-time FIFA vice president and its stand-in president for several months. He lost the CAF presidency in 2017 in an election against Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, whose campaign had been supported by FIFA’s Infantino.
Ahmad is now serving a two-year ban after an investigation of financial wrongdoing by the FIFA ethics committee. That case ended his candidacy to stand for a second term.
It was unclear if the FIFA ban will affect Hayatou’s honorary membership of the International Olympic Committee. He got honorary status after his 15-year membership ended in 2016.