A public relations consultant from Mali, Mariam Diakite, has accused President of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad of sexually harassing her.
Naija News reports that this is coming a day after he was released by the French Police on Friday.
Speaking to New York Times, Diakite, 34, said she was fired by Ahmad for rejecting his advances during a confrontation in a hotel suite during a conference she was hired to organise in Rabat, Morocco in 2017.
“He (Ahmad) was refusing to let me work because I refused to marry him,” Diakite was quoted as saying by The New York Times.
“When you are a president and you’ve got people whose dreams is to work in football and you say, ‘come to my room and I will give you a job.’ Is that not an abuse of power?”
Ahmad in his response to a question from The New York Times on the incident with Diakite labelled her accusation as a ‘smear of character.”
He also stated that the move is part of a personal vendetta against him being orchestrated by a former senior employee of CAF.
“They are lies,” Ahmad told The New York Times.
In the same vein, a female British translator accused the CAF boss of cornering her at the same event in Rabat.
According to the translator, who spoke to The New York Times, disclosed that Ahmad Ahmad asked her to accompany him to his room.
The British woman was hired to translate at the conference in Rabat but quit immediately after the encounter with Ahmad and returned to Britain.
Details of Ahmad’s conduct in Rabat in 2017 are part of a dossier filed with FIFA’s ethics committee by Amr Fahmy, who had been the No.2 official under Ahmad until he was ousted this year.