Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for social media posts ahead of Gabon’s African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Gambia last month.
The charge is $10 000 for posts Caf deemed to damage and blemish the “honour and image” of the confederation after Aubameyang and his Gabon team spent the night on an airport floor.
Aubameyang and his teammates were stuck at the airport in the Gambia after arriving for a qualifying game. They were not allowed to leave as officials argued over Covid-19 testing.
The Gabon striker posted pictures of his teammates sleeping on the airport floor and wrote: “Nice job Caf, it’s as if we were back in the 1990s.
“This will not demotivate us, but people need to know and Caf need to take responsibility. It is 2020 and we want Africa to grow but this is not how we will get there.”
According to Caf’s disciplinary committee, the content of Aubameyang’s posts was offensive and degrading.
African football’s governing body also fined Gambia’s FA $100 000, half of which was suspended for 24 months.
“The Gambian federation did not comply to the loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship values and rules of fair play concerning the reception of the Gabonese delegation,” said Caf in a statement.
Aubameyang and co. arrived before midnight and were allowed to go to their hotel about five hours later. Gabon suffered a 2-1 defeat to Gambia later in the day.
By FARPost Reporter