Africa Cup of Nations

Cas lifts Fifa ban on former Caf president Hayatou

8:10 AM WAT 05/02/2022
CAF-Präsident Issa Hayatou
The Court of Arbitration has set free the 75-year-old Cameroonian after he was not found to have breached rules while he was the head of Caf

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has lifted the ban imposed on former Caf president Issa Hayatou.

The 75-year-old Cameroonian was handed a one-year ban from all football-related activities by Fifa’s Ethics Committee on August 3, 2021, after he was allegedly found guilty for getting involved in the Lagardere Sports deal over the media and marketing rights of competitions organised by Caf while he was the head of the African football ruling body.

However, Hayatou contested against Fifa’s ruling and on Friday, the Court of Arbitration in Zurich ruled the case in his favour.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sports [Cas] of Lusanne rendered on February 4, 2022, a sentence invalidating the decision rendered on June 17, 2021, by the Fifa Ethics Committee against Issa Hayatou,” read part of the statement from Cas.

“The said decision suspended Issa Hayatou, honorary president of Caf and honorary vice-president of Fifa, for one year, from any football-related activities.

“The Ethics Commission considered that Hayatou had been guilty of violation of Article 15 of the Fifa Code of Ethics by signing alone, without the approval of the Caf Executive Committee, the contract granting the company Lagardere Sports the commercialization of Caf media and marketing rights.”

The statement continued: “The same commission held that Hayatou had breached any applicable tender procedure. He would thus have violated the duty of loyalty to the institution he presided.

“The CAS sentence, rendered free of charge, follows an appeal filed on August 24, 2021, by Hayatou, President of Caf from 1988 to 2017 and acting President of Fifa from October 2015 to February 2016.

“in addition to the upholding of the decision of the Ethics Committee, the CAS orders Fifa to contribute to the legal costs of Hayatou, who is deemed, according to the CAS award, not to have violated any provision of the Fifa Code of Ethics.”

Aside from the ban, Hayatou was hit with a fine of thirty thousand Swiss Franc (CHF 30,000).

Hayatou served as the acting Fifa president until February 26, 2016, when previous president, Sepp Blatter, was banned from all football-related activities in 2015 as part of the Fifa corruption investigation of 2015.

He was the president of Caf between 1988 and 2017 and in 2002; he ran for president of Fifa but was defeated by Blatter. He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The lifting will allow Hayatou to watch the final of the Africa Cup of Nations pitting Senegal and Egypt at Olembe Stadium in Yaounde on Sunday.