The Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, banned Ex-CAF President Issa Hayatou for one year.
FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday banned former African Football Confederation president Issa Hayatou over a controversial $1 billion TV and marketing rights deal with France’s Lagardere Sports which infringed competition regulations.
Hayatou was banned for a year over breach of “duty of loyalty” rules, FIFA said while announcing the ruling of its ethics committee.
Hayatou, who was Confederation of African Football president for 29 years until 2017, must also pay a 30,000 Swiss francs (28,000 euros/$33,000) fine although it is unclear how FIFA can enforce the payment.
Hayatou was a long-time FIFA vice president and its stand-in president for several months between Sepp Blatter‘s suspension from office in October 2015 and the election of Gianni Infantino four months later.
The 74-year-old Cameroonian lost the CAF presidency in 2017 in an election against Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, whose campaign had been supported by Infantino.
It is still unclear if the FIFA ban will affect Hayatou‘s honorary membership of the International Olympic Committee. He got honorary status after his 15-year membership ended in 2016.