The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has granted suspended Confederation of African (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad a temporary reprieve and is now eligible to contest the CAF presidency listed for March 12, 2021.
“Due to a risk of irreparable harm for Mr Ahmad if the disciplinary sanction is maintained during the period prior to the CAF elections, the CAS Panel has upheld the request to temporarily stay the effects of the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee until the day that 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 Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee issued on 19 November 2020 (grounds served on 21 January 2021).
“Such decision established that Mr Ahmad had committed several infractions of the FIFA Code of Ethics and imposed on him a ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for five years, as well as a fine of CHF 200, 000.
“With his statement of appeal requesting the annulment of the FIFA decision, Mr Ahmad filed a request for provisional measures in order to be able to participate in the elections of the African Football Confederation (CAF) on 12 March 2021.”
Ahmad was on a five-year ban handed to him by football’s world governing body, FIFA in November 2020 that relieved the Malagasy of control of CAF and prevented him from football-related activities.
Ahmad had appealed FIFA’s decision with CAS granting his request for an expedited trial putting on hold FIFA’s sentence until it gives a final judgement on March 2.