Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fined £7,500 by the CAF

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fined £7,500 by the Confederation of African Football after complaining on Instagram that he and his Gabon team-mates were held HOSTAGE in a Gambian airport for six hours on the day of a key AFCON clash

  • Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined £7500 by the CAF
  • Aubameyang documented his Gabon side being held at the airport for six hours
  • The CAF said his exposure of such events was both ‘offensive and degrading’
  • The CAF also fined the Gambia’s FA £75,000 for the events that took place 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined £7500 for sharing a series of social media posts that tarnished the ‘honour and image’ of the Confederation of African Football. 

The Arsenal captain took to social media last month to reveal how he and the rest of the Gabon squad were held at Banjul Airport in Gambia for more than six hours overnight — after having their passports taken — before being allowed into the country for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) stated Aubameyang’s decision to document the event on social media was ‘offensive and degrading’. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been held up at a Gambia airport before a key AFCON game

Aubameyang began recording the squad’s situation at 11:30pm. He posted images of his team-mates sleeping on the airport floor and claimed they were made to feel like ‘hostages’ before their clash with Gambia. 

Aubameyang explained how his team were held at the airport until 5.56am, less than 12 hours before their kick-off. 

Gabon players were held at a Gambia airport for six hours before their game in the nation

Images of the squad, which contains Aubameyang, have been posted online overnight

The Arsenal captain called for the CAF to take responsibility and use the disruption to better themselves. 

He wrote: ‘Nice job CAF, it’s as if we were back in the 1990s.’

Before adding: ‘It will not demotivate us but people need to know and especially that the @CAF_Online [Confederation of African Football] take these responsibilities,.

‘2020 and we want Africa to grow, that’s not how we’re going to get there!!!’ 

Gabon ultimately lost 2-1 to Gambia later in the day and Aubameyang was quick to call out the CAF once more. 

The Arsenal captain complained of being held ‘hostage’ to the African football authorities

After the game he took to social media to post a picture on Instagram and tag the CAF’s account alongside a middle finger emoji. 

Aubameyang then wrote: ‘No words needed proud of the Panthers, even if we lost today.’

As a result of Aubameyang’s social media posts, the CAF also fined the Gambia’s FA £75,000, half of which was suspended for 24 months. 

African football’s governing body released a statement that read: ‘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.’ 

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