BREAKING: FIFA Hands Out 1-year Ban To Former CAF President, Issa Hayatou |The Republican News

Former CAF President, Mr Issa Hayatou

Issa Hayatou

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Issa Hayatou, former CAF president, former FIFA President ad interim, FIFA Vice-President and member of the FIFA Council, as well as Honorary FIFA Vice‑President, responsible for having breached article 15 (Duty of Loyalty) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and consequently he was banned for one year.

The investigation into Mr Hayatou’s conduct in his position as CAF president concerned his involvement in the negotiation, conclusion and signature of the memorandum of understanding and contractual agreement for the commercialisation of media and marketing rights of competitions organised by CAF with the company Lagardère Sports between 2014 and 2017.

In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Hayatou had breached his duty of loyalty in his position as CAF president, by entering, in the name and on behalf of the confederation, into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardère Sport which was detrimental and caused significant damage to CAF (both financially, in the amount of EGP 200 million, as well as to its reputation).

Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Hayatou had breached article 15 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for one year. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 30,000 has been imposed on Mr Hayatou.

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FIFA Orders South Africa-Senegal Match To Be Replayed After Referee Ban |RN

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FIFA has ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed in November after the referee in charge of the fixture was banned for life.

Bafana Bafana won the match 2-1 after official Joseph Lamptey gave a penalty for a handball against defender Kalidou Koulibaly, when the ball had clearly struck him on the leg, with the score level at 0-0.

The November 2016 result is the only win collected by bottom side South Africa in Group D of African qualifying, with Senegal above them in third place, a point behind joint-leaders Burkina Faso and Cape Verde after September’s fixtures.

FIFA’s decision to replay the game comes after the lifetime ban handed to Ghanaian official Lamptey for “match manipulation” was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course,” a FIFA statement said.

“As stated in the FIFA World Cup regulations, this decision shall come into effect immediately but shall be subject to confirmation by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions at its next meeting, scheduled for September 14.”

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has denied all wrongdoing but will consider FIFA’s report before deciding whether or not to launch an appeal.

“SAFA is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision,” the organisation said.

“SAFA wishes to also state categorically that it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee, as stated in the FIFA report.”  (

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BREAKING: FIFA Gives Details Of 48-Team World Cup Final, Africa Gets 9 Slots

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FIFA president today gave details of how the new world cup final draw, which he has increased from the old to the new number of teams to play at the world cup finals to 48 teams, would look like.

The president of FIFA, Mr Gianni Infantino has given details of how the organisation which oversees over global football would distribute the slots for the 2026 world cup.

Mr Gianni Infantino gave details of how the slots for teams would look like for national football teams from all the continents around the world.

Africa , which has 5 teams slot for world cup will now in the new plan have 9 slots. North and Central America currently has 3.5 teams they will in the new plan by FIFA have 6 slots. Asia, which at the moment has 4.5 slots for various national teams from that part of the globe, will have 6 slots. South America, that presently has 4.5 places will go on to have 6 slots. Europe, which is the biggest beneficiary of the entire tournament has presently 13 slots but will have 3 more slots making it 16 slots for Europe.

The Former chairman of the organizer of the 2010 world cup in South Africa and FA president for South Africa, Danny Jordan said that this is a great news for Africa  as well as a challenge for the continent. He said that there is $2m for preparation for various national teams and $10m for participation in the world cup finals.

According to him such funds is of great benefit to all national teams especially those from Africa. He also said that while the increase  is a welcome development, it will also pose organisational  and funding challenges.

The FIFA council will vote on the proposal in May.


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FIFA Bans Mali National Football Clubs Over Government Meddling


World football body, FIFA, on Friday in Zurich said all of Mali’s football clubs have been suspended from international competitions after the country’s government interfered in the national association.

FIFA took action after Mali’s sports minister, Housseini Amion Guindo, decided to replace the executive body of the Malian Football Association FEMAFOOT with a new provisional leadership.

“The suspension will be lifted once ministerial decisions are nullified,’’ it said in a statement.

In the meantime, FEMAFOOT has lost its FIFA membership rights, and the national team and clubs from the West African country are banned from international events.


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Pinnick Gets FIFA Role |The Republican News

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FIFA has appointed the  Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick to its  Organising Committee for Competitions.

Pinnick, who is a member of the CAF Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, was a member of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U20 World Cup.

In a  letter of appointment dated January 18 signed by FIFA  General Secretary Fatma Samoura, the  world body congratulated  the NFF boss on his appointment.

The  FIFA Organising Committee for Competitions is headed by the  President of the Union of European Football Associations Aleksander Ceferin.

Pinnick,  a former Delta State Football Association chairman and  Delta State Sports Commission  boss, is also a candidate for  the  CAF Executive Committee election  in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  on  March 16.   (

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