CAF ELECTIONS Hayatou referral to the criminal trial on charge of monopolistic practices


CAF ELECTIONS Hayatou referral to the criminal trial on charge of monopolistic practices

It seems that in the next few days preceding the elections of the presidency of the Footballs African Union, scheduled to be held on March 16, in Addis Ababa, would be full of surprises that may turn things upside down in the biggest confederations and which did not witness any changes in the leadership of the current president Issa Hayatou, since the election from 29 years. 

Those surprises will not be directly relevant to the severity of the competition on the presidential seat between the current candidates Issa Hayatou and his competitor Ahmed Ahmed, head of the Union of Madagascar, who has decided to run the difficult challenge against the current president, but because of the legal and judicial procedures in Egypt - Headquarters State, against Hayatou, who violate laws, because of his the last contract of granting the rights of all the competitions of the African Union to the French Lagardère Sports for 12 years, after the end of the previous contract which its duration was 8 years with the company, and before that he made a contract for another ten years with the same company that was carrying the name of Sport 5; owned by Jean Claude Darmoun, contrary to the Convention expressly headquarters, which obliges the African Union in Egyptian laws of preventing any monopolistic practices and emphasizes the transparent procedures with regard to the subtracting the Auction and Bid. 

Noting that the last contract with Lagardère Sport, which is worth billion dollars, was adopted despite the presence of bigger offer from a competitor “Presentation Sport”, worth Billion and 200 million dollars.  

The last updates  has increased that the public prosecution in Egypt issued yesterday (Tuesday) a decision to transmit Issa Hayatou, president of the African Union to the criminal prosecution in the session 2017/3/13 court on the charge of violating the law of competition and to devote the Monopoly Control… Certainly Hayatou will not attend the next trial because he will be attending at this time the preparation for the elections of the presidency of the African Union in Addis Ababa, which will take place only three days after this date.

Ιt opened investigation  

The Egyptian competition authority - a governmental agency- had opened an investigation in July last year, which ended with the decision to revoke the El CAF contract held with “Lagardère Sports”, on the basis of lack of commitment of the CAF to the Egyptian laws derived from the rules for the protection of international competition and the commitment is mentioned clearly in the headquarters agreement which is signed between the CAF and the Arab Republic of Egypt. 

On the basis that the CAF ignored the decision of invalidity, the Egyptian competition authority notified the COMESA organization which belongs to it, namely, the biggest Economic Community in Africa, with the offenses and its economic impact on all the entities concerned with commercial rights associated with economic activities and sports industry and football in the continent, and submitted a communication attorney to Egypts financial and Commercial affairs against Hayatou and Hisham Amrani – the General Secretary of the African Union at the beginning of January.  

In mid-January the Prosecution Office summoned the general secretary of the union and the marketing director for lengthy investigations but Hayatou did not attend, who was present at the time at Gabon to attend the finals of the African Nations Cup. After the end of investigations, the Prosecution found that Hayatou and its management convicted of the charge of monopolistic practices and referral to the trial session of next March, the 13.

At the end of the last week the COMESA organization dispatched a delegation that included members from Zambia and a member from each of the Swaziland and Mauritius, who conducted its investigations in Cairo with the department of the CAF and all the concerned authorities. 

It thus became that Issa Hayatou is the first president of the African Union to be referred to the trial to enter his name for the first time in the judicial investigations on charges of corruption since a storm against corruption that toppled with Blatter and many of the leaders of the unions in South America and the Federation of the CONCACAF, who are still subject to trial in the United States and Switzerland. 


 For. Manos Staramopoulos  

Journalist- Analyst of International Football and Affairs  

AIPS Football Member Commission, Member of IFFHS  

Editor English  

Special correspondent France Football, A Bola, Mundo Deportivo  

In Athens (Greece)  


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