The Confederation Of African Football(CAF) has fined Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a whopping sum of $10,000 for sharing series of social media posts which CAF deemed as tarnishing the ‘honour and image’ of African football.
Aubameyang’s decision to document the incident on social media was ‘offensive and degrading’, CAF stated.
Aubameyang in series of social media posts last month revealed how he and the rest of players of the Gabon national team were delayed at Banjul Airport in Gambia with their passports withheld due to an argument with officials over COVID-19 testing.
The Arsenal striker posted pictures of players sleeping on the airport floor and wrote: “Nice job CAF, it’s as if we were back in the 1990s.”
In another post the 31-year-old called out CAF to take their responsibility to prevent future occurrence “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.
CAF said 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.” and Gambian’s FA was subsequently fined $100,000, half of which was suspended for 24 months.
Players and officials of Gabon national team were finally allowed into the country for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after being delayed for 5hours but Gabon later lost 2-1 to Gambia.
After the match Aubameyang took to Instagram to post a picture with the caption “No words needed proud of the Panthers, even if we lost today”, tagging the CAF’s account alongside a middle finger emoji.