Football governing body FIFA have released an official statement on the arrest of CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.
The news was first reported by African weekly Jeune Afrique on Thursday, saying that Ahmad, who also serves as FIFA vice-president, was arrested in Paris during his visit of the FIFA congress.
It is claimed that the Central Office Against Corruption & Financial and Fisccal Offences (OCLIF) have arrested Ahmad over his involvement over a dodgy deal with Puma and the company Technical Steel.
It is alleged that Ahmad received €739 000 (R12.3 billion) from one of the bosses of Technical Steel in order to get a deal sanctioned.
FIFA have insisted that Ahmad is seen as innocent until proven guilty, but confirmed that the 59-year-old was captured in France.
FIFA’s official statement reads: “FIFA has taken note of the alleged events concerning Mr Ahmed Ahmad, who is being questioned by the French authorities in relation to allegations related to his mandate while President of CAF.
"FIFA is unaware of the details surrounding this investigation and is therefore not in a position to make any comment on it specifically.
"FIFA is asking the French authorities for any information that might be relevant to investigations taking place within its Ethics Committee.
“As a matter of due process, everyone has the right to the presumption of innocence, but as the FIFA President reiterated on Wednesday, FIFA is fully committed to eradicating all forms of wrongdoing at any level in football. Anyone found to have committed illicit or illegal acts has no place in football.
“FIFA is now clean from the scandals that tarnished its reputation and this same determination should prevail in governing bodies such as confederations. FIFA will at the forefront of ensuring that this is enforced by everyone involved in football.”