While awaiting the verdict of the cases in progress before the CAS, Guibaï Gatama, member of the Executive Committee of Fécafoot has called on the first vice-president Céline Eko of the federation to take over because of the conviction for tax evasion of the current president. .
In a letter addressed to Céline Eko on June 21, 2022, with the subject “Summons to take over the interim due to the vacancy of the presidency of Fécafoot”, Guibaï Gatama called the first vice-president of the Cameroonian Football Federation ( Fécafoot), to take control of the federation.
“In line with my commitment, better my fight for the respect of the texts of the Cameroonian Football Federation, and while waiting for the law to be said on the procedure in progress concerning the illegality of the vice-presidents of the Executive Committee in office, that I contest the rest before the Conciliation and Arbitration Chamber of the CNOSC, I have the honor to ask you, as de facto First Vice-President, to kindly ensure and assume the functions of President by of FECAFOOT because of the vacancy resulting from the above-mentioned conviction”.
This the day after the conviction by the Spanish justice, of Samuel Eto’o to a prison term of 22 months, for “tax evasion”.
By arguing that “Spanish justice provides that when you are sentenced to less than 24 months in prison, you do not go to prison, and you commute the sentence to financial penalties”. Arguments used by many “defenders” of the current president of FECAFOOT.
The journalist and member of the Fécafoot Executive Committee relies on two articles of the Fécafoot Statutes. First, article 36, which deals with the General Conditions of Eligibility for the position of member of the Executive Committee of FECAFOOT, provides in its paragraph 1, respectively in points C, D and E, that the candidate must “not have been sentenced to a final custodial sentence without suspension of more than three (03) months”, “not to have been sentenced to a final custodial sentence accompanied by simple suspension or with probation of more than six (06) months”, “not to have been sentenced in the five years preceding the elective General Assembly to a sanction of suspension of at least two (02) years relating to disciplinary acts and/or violation of sports ethics by a judicial body”.
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