Following widespread reactions that have trailed the 10,000 USD Dollars fine slammed on Pierre Emerick Aubameyang by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, the soccer governing body has explained the rationale for the punishment.
Many had erroneously suggested Aubameyang is being punished for being vocal about the despicable treatment the Gabonese squad was subjected to in their last AFCON qualifier away to the Gambia.
However, CAF has said this is not the case but the Gabon captain is being hammered for the insult against the continent’s football governing body,
Here are the facts as presented by CAF on its official website:
The player Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has publicly posted on his Twitter account, the image below, translated as a middle finger gesture directed to CAF. To remove any ambiguity on the target of his message, the author has taken care to tag or mark the CAF (@Cafonline).
The independent jury found the content “offensive and degrading”, and likely to “damage the honor and image of the African Football Confederation.” The jury therefore does not sanction the legitimate protests of Mr. Aubameyang following the unfortunate incident, but this public outing of a great figure in world football, whose behavior is regrettable.
According to our research, this post is no longer visible on the player’s account.
As a reminder, the confederation, seized of this incident, directly regretted it, and promised sanctions through a press release from its General Secretary.