CAF reacts strongly to political remarks made during the opening ceremony

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) reacted strongly to the political remarks made during the opening ceremony of the CHAN 2022 African Nations Championship, Friday, January 13, 2023 in Algiers.

Here is the text of communicated of the African Football Confederation (CAF) in reaction to the political and controversial remarks made by several Algerian supporters during the opening ceremony of the CHAN 2022 African Nations Championship, this Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Baraki , in Algiers:

“According to its Statutes and Regulations and those of FIFA, the Confederation of African Football (“CAF”) must refrain from getting involved in politics and remain neutral on matters of a political nature.

CAF has been briefed on some political statements issued during the opening ceremony of the TotalEnergies Algeria 2022 African Nations Championship (“CHAN”) on Friday, January 13, 2023 in Algiers.

These political statements are not those of CAF and do not reflect a view or an opinion of CAF as a politically neutral organization.

CAF will carry out investigations to establish whether and to what extent the political statements and the events of the opening ceremony of the CHAN TotalEnergies Algeria 2022 violate the Statutes and Regulations of CAF and FIFA. She will report her findings in due course.”

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