Hayatou Takes Charge Of FIFA | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe

Football, Slider, SPORT

Hayatou Takes Charge Of FIFA

Posted: Oct 9, 2015 at 10:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou has taken temporary charge of FIFA after football’s world governing body suspended its president Sepp Blatter.

The Cameroonian, 69, is FIFA’s most senior vice-president and has been in the role since 1992.

“I will serve only on an interim basis,” Hayatou said in a statement.

Blatter announced in June he would step down and the world football governing body set presidential elections for 26 February.

Hayatou added, “A new president will be chosen by the Extraordinary Congress… I myself will not be a candidate for that position.

“Until the Extraordinary Congress, I pledge that I will dedicate my best efforts to the organisation, the member associations, our employees, our valued partners, and football fans everywhere.

“FIFA remains committed to the reform process, which is critical to reclaiming public trust. We will also continue to cooperate fully with authorities and follow the internal investigation wherever it leads.”

Hayatou has faced allegations of corruption in the past, which he has denied. He was reprimanded by International Olympic Committee in 2011 over allegations he accepted bribes for World Cup TV rights in the 1990s.