FIFA statement on Ahmad arrest


FIFA have released an official statement in the wake of CAF President Ahmad Ahmad being detained by French authorities on Thursday.
The Malagasy football administartor who also serves as the vice-president of FIFA was arrested on Thursday after the uncontested re-election of Gianni Infantino.
According to Jeune Afrique, the 59-year-old was aprehended at his hotel in Paris where the FIFA's annual congress was held ahead of the 2019 Womens World Cup.
The arrest made is alleged to be in connection to bribery allegations linked to the 2017 switch CAF made from its German kit supplier Puma to French company Tactical Steel.
The World Football Governing Body has since released a statement:
"FIFA has taken note of the alleged events concerning Mr Ahmed Ahmad, who is being questioned by the French authorities in relation to allegations related to his mandate while President of CAF.
"Fifa is unaware of the details surrounding this investigation and is therefore not in a position to make any comment on it specifically.
"Fifa is asking the French authorities for any information that might be relevant to investigations taking place within its Ethics Committee.
"As a matter of due process, everyone has the right to the presumption of innocence, but as the FIFA President reiterated on Wednesday, FIFA is fully committed to eradicating all forms of wrongdoing at any level in football. Anyone found to have committed illicit or illegal acts has no place in football.
"FIFA is now clean from the scandals that tarnished its reputation and this same determination should prevail in governing bodies such as confederations. FIFA will at the forefront of ensuring that this is enforced by everyone involved in football."