BREAKING: Ahmad Ahmad Seeks CAS Help For CAF Elections …March 2 date fixed for hearing

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Mr Ahmad Ahmad against the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee issued on 19 November 2020 (grounds  served  on  21  January  2021).

Such  decision  established  that Mr Ahmad had committed several infractions of the FIFA Code of Ethics and imposed on him a ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for five years, as well as a fine of CHF 200’000.

With his statement of appeal requesting the annulment of the FIFA decision, Mr Ahmad filed a request for provisional  measures  in  order  to  be  able  to  participate in the elections of the African Football Confederation (CAF) on 12 March 2021.

In agreement with Mr Ahmad and FIFA, the CAS initiated an expedited procedure and has fixed the hearing date for 2 March 2021 (with a reserve day on 3 March 2021). The CAS Panel in charge of the matter intends to render a final award shortly after the hearing, i.e. before 12 March 2021.

Due to a risk of irreparable harm for Mr Ahmad if the disciplinary sanction is maintained during  the  period prior to the CAF elections, the CAS Panel has upheld the request to temporarily stay the effects of the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee until the day that the final CAS award is issued.
However, the Panel has emphasized that such temporary decision does not prejudge in any way the decision it will take after analysing the merits of the case, once the written proceedings and the hearing have been completed.

On the  other  hand, the  arbitral Panel has rejected the request for provisional  measures  filed  by Mr Ahmad  seeking  that  an  order be imposed preventing FIFA from taking any decision aimed at preventing Mr Ahmad from participating in, or aimed at making it difficult for him to participate in,the election for the CAF presidency scheduled for 12 March 2021

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