Fifa has confirmed that the Confederation of African Football President, Ahmad Ahmad, is being questioned by French authorities investigating corruption allegations, following reports that he had been arrested at his hotel in Paris on Thursday morning.
World football’s governing body also suggested its ethics committee has been investigating allegations made against Ahmad.
The news website jeuneafrique.com reported on Thursday morning that Ahmad had been escorted from the Berri Hotel by officials from France’s central office for combating corruption and financial and tax crimes (OCLCIFF).
Ahmad’s questioning follows widespread reporting in April that CAF’s secretary general, Amr Fahmy, had been sacked after he turned whistleblower and sent Fifa’s ethics committee a document listing allegations of financial irregularities and sexual harassment.
Ahmad, who had spent days in Paris before Wednesday’s Fifa congress battling the fallout from the allegations, which he has denied, responded by saying he would set up an internal governance process to deal with them.