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CAF deny corruption accusations, referral of Hayatou to prosecution

The Confederation of African Football asserted it hasn’t been officially informed about the referral of its president Issa Hayatou to Egypt’s public prosecution.

The Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) announced on Wednesday referring Hayatou to prosecution over charges of abusing his position and violating competition regulations.

He was accused of granting broadcasting rights of certain CAF competitions to Lagardere Sports Company without bidding, thus violating the fair and free tender process required by the Egyptian law.

The CAF, whose headquarters is situated in Cairo, described news about referring Hayatou to prosecution as “false” saying in a statement on Thursday that there “was no mention of any prosecution against the president of CAF” in the letter sent to CAF by the ECA.


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They also denied accusations of violating competition regulations saying that the executive committee agreed to renew contract with Lagardere Sports for the 2017-2028 cycle “after evaluating the different offers submitted, and in strict compliance with the existing contractual clauses.”

“CAF wishes to point out that the contract with Lagardère Sports does not contravene national or supranational legislation,” the statement read.

The statement added that the contract with Lagardère guarantees African football a substantial increase in revenues and substantial funding for the development of football on the continent.

Although Lagardère is not subject of the statement issued by the ECA, the company stressed the CAF renewed their appointment in accordance with the clearly defined renewal process.

“A legally binding agreement was signed by the parties in June 2015 and was unanimously approved by the CAF Executive Committee,” the company said in a statement to KingFut.

“Any allegations that the agreement breaches local Egyptian competition laws are wholly unfounded and we have clear and categorical legal advice to that effect,” the statement added.

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