BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
The chairman of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Disciplinary Committee, Raymond Hack, as a sole judge, has passed a verdict of guilt on Madagascar Football Federation, home federation of the CAF President, Ahmad.
The CAF boss was the immediate past president for 14 years of the Madagascar Football Federation.
Hack’s decision was in respect of the death of a fan during the last international match at the Madagascar’s main stadium, Mahamasina during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match with Senegal.
A scramble took place at the entrance of the stadium leading to the death one person while 37 others were injured.
As a result, it was ruled that the Madagascar Football Federation breached its responsibility under article 83.2.
Consequently, “It is forbidden for the Madagascar Football Federation
to play in the Mahamasina Stadium any National Senior A match, for the next three months and / or three (3) matches of the National A Senior team”.
It was further ruled that “at the end of the above-mentioned deadlines, the Madagascar Football Federation may play at the stadium in question only on the condition that it obtains CAF’s express authorization, stating that the stadium has been brought up to safety standards”.
Ahmad’s home federation was also fined $10,000.
In a related decision, top club from home country of CAF, Al Ahly SC was also sanctioned and fined $20,000 for unsporting behavior of its fans during a Champions League match.