Ahmad, the president of the Confederation of African Football, has been detained and questioned by French authorities, Fifa has confirmed.
Ahmad also serves as a vice-president of the sport’s global governing body, which said that it is “unaware of the details” surrounding the investigation surrounding Ahmad and is therefore not in a position to make any comment on it specifically.
Fifa said it is asking the French authorities for any information that might be relevant to investigations taking place within its Ethics Committee.
The news was first reported by African news agency Jeune Afrique, which said that Ahmad was detained today (Thursday) as part of an ongoing corruption investigation.
The development comes after CAF in April confirmed the dismissal of general secretary Amr Fahmy and the appointment of his replacement, Mouhad Hajji, following allegations of malpractice levelled at Ahmad.
The dismissal of Fahmy came amid reports that the Egyptian had levelled multiple allegations of misconduct against Ahmad, including accusations that he ordered his general secretary to pay bribes of $20,000 (€17,700) into accounts of African football association presidents. Ahmad was also accused of harassing four female members of CAF’s staff, among other allegations.
CAF last year renegotiated its global media and marketing rights deal with the Lagardère Sports agency. The confederation said it did so to “increase its income to support its developmental agenda”.