Confederation of African Football (CAF) interim president Constant Omari Selemani said on Saturday he will appeal a decision to bar him from running for a seat on the FIFA Council.
Selemani has served as acting president of CAF FIFA’s ethics committee banned his predecessor Ahmad Ahmad in November.
The FIFA review committee said on Wednesday Selemani had failed the eligibility test for a position on the FIFA Council. “Because of an ongoing formal investigation by the FIFA ethics committee”.
This ruled Selemani, the Congolese football association president, out of the CAF elections in Rabat, Morocco on 12th March.
Selemani said in an interview with France24 on Saturday that he deplored the decision. He said FIFA should have applied “the presumption of innocence“. And he confirmed he would appeal.
FIFA has not given any details of ethics committee’s investigation into Selemani, who was appointed CAF vice president 18 months ago.
Ahmad was also ruled out of a bid for re-election. But he had his five-year ban temporarily frozen on Friday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Which said they would hear his appeal on March 2 and deliver a verdict before March 12. So as not to prejudice his chances of running for re-election should his suspension be overturned.
FIFA banned Ahmad for five years in November after being accused of abusing office, mishandling of funds and trading gifts. He has denied any wrongdoing.