CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has appealed to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his ban.
Ahmad was this week banned for five years and ordered to pay CHF 20,000 by FIFA Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee for breaching various codes of ethics.
Ahmad ha denied any wrongdoing, with his team suggesting that the decision was not rendered in a fair and impartial manner.
“During the months of investigation conducted by the Investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, headed by Mrs. Maria Claudia Rojas, against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and its President, many surprising procedures have been noted,” reads the document posted by Ahmad Ahmad.
“Thus FIFA gave a mandate to the audit form PwC to investigate the administration of African Football, even though this firm had been working under mandate from the latter, thus creating a conflict of interest and a problem of obvious lack of impartiality.
“In addition, rumours about the possible involvement of FIFA in the work of the Ethics Committee have constantly resounded in the European and African Press. Leaks of information relating to the ongoing procedure – which is supposed to be strictly confidential – and systematically unfavorable to the President Ahmad, have been made public through the press, preventing, in fact, a serene investigation from taking place. Even the hearing of president Ahmad, who was notably refused the right to examine some of his witnesses during a hearing conducted at the prosecution’s double pace, was not held according to the expected and usual standards.”
Ahmad says that the facts gathered by FIFA were presented in a “highly questionable manner.”