The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has been banned from football for five years by FIFA following an ethics investigation by world football's governing body.
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Ahmad, who is president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had intended to stand in an election in March in which he would have faced a number of challengers.
FIFA said in a statement the independent Ethics Committee has found Ahmad guilty of offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, and misappropriation of funds.
FIFA had “sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for five years,” it said.
It also fined him 200,000 Swiss francs ($200,000).
Ahmad declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.