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CAF president released

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Ahmad Ahmad has been released from custody French custody with the CAF president receiving support from FIFA boss Gianni Infantino.

Marseilles – The president of the Confederation of African Football(CAF)Ahmad Ahmad, was released without charge in France on Friday, a day after being arrested for questioning in Marseilles, the city’s public prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said Ahmad, who was in France for the FIFA Congress held Wednesday, was questioned as part of a probe into corruption, breach of trust and forgery.

The probe in question was over a contract that CAF terminated with German equipment manufacturer Puma in favor of Technical Steel.

Ahmad is accused of having influenced this decision, standing to be rewarded with up to $830,000. He has denied the allegations. ‘‘All decisions were taken in a collective and transparent manner,” Ahmad said in mid-April.

The CAF President is expected to watch today’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup. He will subsequently leave for Egypt ahead of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, starting on June 21.

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