The Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) recalls that, among the principles underlying the fundamental values of Olympism, is the need for all stakeholders in sport in general and football in particular, players, clubs, national associations and confederations to respect strict neutrality and independence, particularly at the political level, within the framework of the sporting events in which they participate.
The guarantee of respect for these principles of neutrality and independence is part of the statutory missions of CAF and FIFA, as well as the obligations of member associations.
Certain inadequate behaviours in this respect have recently been noted by representatives of certain Clubs and National Teams competing in CAF competitions.
Such behaviour has no place in a sports competition. CAF calls on the relevant stakeholders for reason to prevail, regardless of their sensitivities, and stresses that it will be particularly vigilant as regards respect for these principles of neutrality and independence in all future games played under its aegis.
Particular attention of all Organising Committees for CAF Competitions, including the CAF Organising Committee for Interclub Competitions, as well as the Match Commissioners and General Coordinators, has been drawn specifically to these issues.
The Match Commissioners and General Coordinators will make the necessary findings and reports, while the relevant Organising Committees will take appropriate sanctions in accordance with the applicable regulations.