Football: CAF fines Aubameyang for social media outburst over Gabon team's 'sleeping arrangements'

Aubameyang and his teammates were stuck at the airport in the Gambia after arriving for a qualifying game.
Aubameyang and his teammates were stuck at the airport in the Gambia after arriving for a qualifying game.PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined US$10,000 (S$13,360) for social media posts that tarnished the "honour and image" of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after his Gabon team spent the night on an airport floor ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last month.

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 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."

He later added: "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's disciplinary committee said the content was offensive and degrading. African football's governing body also fined Gambia's FA US$100,000, half of which was suspended for 24 months.

"The Gambian federation did not comply with the loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship values and rules of fair play concerning the reception of the Gabonese delegation," CAF said in a statement.

Gabon arrived shortly before midnight and were allowed to go their hotel about five hours later. They lost 2-1 to Gambia later in the day.