With FIFA President-Sepp Blatter having been provisionally suspended for 90 days by the body’s ethics committee as investigations into an alleged bribe continues—it has been announced that Issa Hayatou will serve as Acting President of FIFA, the world football governing association.
Mr Hayatou is the longest-serving vice-president on Fifa’s Executive Committee, and therefore he seems like the perfect fit for the interim job.
Via a statement, FIFA said; “As mandated by article 32 (6) of the Fifa Statutes, Issa Hayatou, as the longest-serving vice-president on FIFA’s Executive Committee, will serve as Acting President of FIFA.”
Hayatou who is the current CAF President came under attack in April when he succeeded via a vote in abolishing the previous CAF rule which made it impossible for any official past 70 years to stay in office (when he the president was 68 years)—giving him the chance to stay in office.
Interestingly, this is the same Hayatou who was accused by the Sunday Times in May 2011 as having taken a bribe, alongside fellow FIFA Executive Committee member Jacques Anouma, of $1.5million—he is yet to be questioned about this allegation in the current investigation.
That money allegedly came from Qatar in a bid to win his support for the 2022 FIFA World Cup competition.