South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs have announced that they will lodge an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in accordance to article 58 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes.
This move comes after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee banned Amakhosi from signing any new players in the next two transfer windows.
The ban was imposed by the world football governing body after Fosa Juniors of Madagascar logged a complaint stating that midfielder Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana had signed a contract with them before moving to the Absa Premiership giants in 2018.
Chiefs and ‘Dax’ dispute this claim, but were found guilty nonetheless. Chiefs were duly banned from signing any new players in the next two transfer windows, while they have also been ordered according to Times Live to pay Fosa Juniors R640,000 in compensation, plus interest.
Dax has been suspended for four months and will duly miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season as things stand.
The 28-year-old managed just 16 appearances for Chiefs before joining Black Leopards on-loan in August.
CAF denies audit allegations
African football governing body rejects claims of fraudulent transactions
The Confederation of African Football [CAF], has said the findings of an audit that concluded it was unreliable and untrustworthy are “unfounded”.
Details of the audit, by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), came out during the week. The audit questioned the body’s accounting, its governance, and its payments, which it found to be “unreliable and not trustworthy,” amongst its findings.
The audit also highlighted transactions totaling more than $20m (£15.4m) which either have “little or no supporting documentation” or were considered “higher risk”.
CAF released a statement addressing the audit and what it claims are “unfounded allegations contained in the report,” following an Executive Committee meeting in Doha on Friday.
It said officials from PwC were invited to the meeting but had “failed to make it.”
The statement specifically sought to address three areas in which questions had been raised: support payments made for the funerals of “individuals who have served African football”; the use of development funds linked to the FIFA Forward project; a deal with the little-known gym equipment maker Tactical Steel to supply sportswear.
CAF said the funeral payments were “acts of solidarity in support of families”, specifically naming the family of senior Kenyan football official Hussein Swaleh, who died in the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.
It also said the use of FIFA Forward funds had been “strictly governed by procedures set by FIFA.” PwC’s audit had reviewed just under $10m of FIFA Forward payments to CAF and found only five of the 40 payments “appeared to be aligned to purpose” while the rest, totaling some $8.3m, either had “little or no supporting documentation” or were considered “unusual/higher risk”.
The Tactical Steel deal, into which the PwC report recommended an investigation, was also addressed, though CAF said only that “the procedures are before various jurisdictions” and that it was “ready to provide the relevant justification for the matter as previously authorized by the CAF Executive Committee.”
Mali’s Moussa Marega suffers racist abuse
FC Porto striker walked off the pitch after he was subjected to racist abuse from opposition fans
Mali international Moussa Marega walked off the pitch midway through his side’s win at Vitoria Guimaraes, saying he was subjected to racist abuse from fans.
The former Esperance de Tunis forward started to walk towards the exit in the 69th minute, nine minutes after scoring what would prove the winner in Porto’s 2-1 victory.
He pointed his thumbs down and also raised his middle fingers to the crowd.
Team-mates and opposition players tried to persuade him to stay on, but he was eventually substituted.
Marega in an Instagram post, said the home supporters “who come to the stadium to make racist screams” were “idiots”.
Coach of FC Porto, Sergio Conceicao said: “We are a family regardless of nationality, skin colour, hair colour. We are human, we deserve respect. What happened here is unfortunate.
“We are completely indignant about what happened. I know the passion that exists for Vitoria and I think most of the fans do not see themselves in the same attitude of some people who have insulted Moussa since the warm-up.”
Porto’s match report on their website described it as “a sad situation that should make the Guimaraes club and Portuguese football blush with shame”.
Team-mates including Alex Telles, Sergio Oliveira and Ivan Marcano all tried to stop Marega walking off the pitch, grabbing the Malian player around the waist – but he pushed everyone aside on his way to the tunnel.
Marega spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Vitoria, scoring 15 goals in 25 games.
FIFA to investigate financial transactions at CAF
World football governing body to launch investigation following audit
World football governing body, FIFA is set to investigate a host of financial transactions carried out by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following an audit into the continent’s ruling body.
A joint CAF-FIFA task force believes more information is necessary and recommends further investigations into several areas, including CAF’s dealings with French company Tactical Steel.
The deal with Tactical Steel in 2017 was notable as CAF cancelled an order worth just under $250,000 with sportswear company Puma to take up an alternative order costing four times as much with Tactical Steel, a company with links to a close associate of CAF President Ahmad.
The Task Force’s recommendations come after FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura’s six-month tenure as General delegate for Africa ended earlier this month.
Samoura was appointed to the role last August in a bid to help improve the governance of African football.
When her role ended, the joint task force delivered a series of findings, recommendations and proposals to CAF’s top executives at a meeting in Morocco on February 2.
While some of these findings focused on improving infrastructure, refereeing and competitions on the continent, there was also a ‘100-point action plan’ drawn up with regard to good governance.
The recommendations includes the following:
-Reviewing financial payments made between Caf and Lagardere, the French media company that used to operate a billion-dollar television and marketing deal relating to Caf’s leading football competitions
-Carrying out due diligence on payment from Fifa development fund – Fifa Forward – and Caf itself to all of Africa’s 54 member associations as well as the six zonal unions.
-Investigating allegations of possible mismanagement and misappropriation of funds linked to the Caf Centre of Excellence in Mbankomo, Cameroon.
-Investigating potential fraudulent bank transfers and clarifying ‘the circumstances around (various) incidents to rule out insider involvement’ – and ‘if necessary, file a criminal complaint and take legal action to ensure the recovery of the stolen amounts’
-Extending the scope of the audit to include the years 2013-14 – and explore ‘the lack of documentation related to financial transactions’ prior to 2015.
Other reforms being pushed by the Task Force include fundamental changes to the way in which CAF is structured, the imposition of term limits for both the CAF President and Executive committee members and the introduction of an independent investigatory unit.
Among a long list of ideas are a desire to install ‘robust compliance procedures’, ‘internal auditing’ and the implementation of a whistle-blowing hotline and policy against retaliation of whistle-blowers.
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