Hayatou temporarily named FIFA president
CAF president Issa Hayatou was named acting FIFA president on Thursday, following Sepp Blatter’s 90-day suspension on suspicion of corruption.
Hayatou, FIFA’s longest-serving vice president and leader of African football for the past 27 years, will stand in while a Swiss criminal investigation takes place against the current FIFA president.
The CAF president will not stand for presidency on a permanent basis, when elections take place in February, who suffers a serious kidney illness.
The 90-day suspension for Blatter, plus Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke could be extended by 45 days, meaning Hayatou’s leadership could be continue.
“Today, amid extraordinary circumstances, I have assumed the office of FIFA President pursuant to Article 32 (6) of the FIFA Statutes.” Hayatou said in an official FIFA statement.
“I will serve only on an interim basis. A new President will be chosen by the Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016. 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 organization, the member associations, our employees, our valued partners, and football fans everywhere.”
Hayatou will travel to Zurich immediately, to assume his role of president of football’s governing body.