The world football authority has found the experienced Cameroonian football administrator guilty
Fifa has given former Caf President Issa Hayatou a one-year ban on all football-related activities.
Hayatou, 74, was found guilty of participating in the Lagardere Sports deal over the media and marketing rights of the competitions organized by Caf during his tenure as President of the African Football Administration.
Apart from the ban, the Cameroonian was fined 30,000 Swiss francs (30,000 francs).
According to the judicial chamber of the independent ethics committee, the former interim Fifa boss violated Article 15 (duty of loyalty) of the Fifa code of ethics.
“The investigation into the conduct of Mr. Hayatou in his position as Caf President concerned his involvement in the negotiations, the conclusion and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and the contractual agreement for the commercialization of the media and marketing rights that Caf organized with Lagardere Sports Competitions between 2014 and 2017 “, a Declaration read from the Fifa website.
“According to information from the Investigative Chamber, Mr. Hayatou breached his duty of loyalty in his capacity as Caf President by entering into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardere Sport on behalf of and on behalf of the association, which was disadvantageous and caused Caf considerable damage (both financially of 200 million EGP as well as its reputation).
“As a result, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Hayatou had violated Article 15 of the current edition of the Fifa Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban on participating in any kind of football-related activities at national and international level (administrative, sports or otherwise ) for a year.”
This sanction comes into effect on August 3rd and means that he will not participate in the January Africa Cup, which will be held in his home country.
In June, Fifa also issued a one-year ban on all football-related activities to the former vice-president of the caf, Constant Omari.
He was found guilty of assistance from Lagardere during talks between Caf and the French media company.
Omar reportedly pocketed over 66,000 euros ($ 80,000) and Fifa has asked him to return it as part of his sentence.