The International Sports Court decided to prevent Constant Omari, the interimpresident of the Confederation of African Football, from running for a seat in the elections for the FIFA Executive Council.
And the Sports Court announced in an official statement this evening, Thursday, an updated summary of the arbitration procedures, which include cases of candidates for positions in both CAF and FIFA.
In her statement, Cass stated: “Constant Omari … the final decision was issued, as his appeal was rejected and the decision issued on January 26, 2021 was confirmed by the FIFA Review Committee, in which it was declared ineligible for the position of a member of the FIFA Executive Council.”
The “Cass” accepted the appeal submitted by Khair Eddine Zetchi, president of the Algerian Football Federation, against the decision of the FIFA Review Committee, in which it was declared ineligible to run in the elections for membership of the FIFA Executive Council.
The Sports Court accepted the appeal submitted by Cameroonian Seydou Mbombo Ngoia and the decisions of the African Union Governance Committee on January 29 and February 12, 2021 in which Nguya declared that he was not eligible for a position in the CAF Executive Committee
In 2020, FIFA said Constant Omari failed an integrity and eligibility check because of “an ongoing formal investigation by the FIFA ethics committee.”
Details of the case were not given in a letter to the Confederation of African Football from a FIFA-appointed official overseeing integrity checks. The letter was reported by African media and confirmed by FIFA as authentic.
Omari is president of the Congo football federation and has been an African delegate on the FIFA Council since 2015. The position is paid $250,000 annually by FIFA.
Omari stepped up to lead CAF when previous president Ahmad Ahmad was banned by FIFA in November for financial wrongdoing. Ahmad, from Madagascar, and Omari were among three African officials barred as candidates for FIFA positions at CAF elections on March 12.
The FIFA governance and review committee carries out mandatory checks on candidates as part of reforms introduced in fallout from financial and election scandals in the past decade. Omari has reportedly been investigated for suspected financial wrongdoing linked to CAF commercial contracts while he was vice president under Ahmad’s leadership.
Turmoil at CAF in 2019 led to FIFA sending its secretary general, Fatma Samoura of Senegal, to run the organization for six months. A forensic audit detailed financial irregularities.
The 54-nation African soccer body is due to elect a president, some of its six other FIFA Council delegates and members of its own executive committee. The election meeting is scheduled to be held in Rabat, Morocco.