Switzerland: Issa Hayatou named Acting FIFA President

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - World soccer's governing body, FIFA, Thursday named CAF President Issa Hayatou of Cameroon as the Acting President of FIFA, following a 90-day ban slammed on Sepp Blatter.

''Today, in accordance with FIFA’s Code of Ethics, Joseph S. Blatter was relieved of all his duties as FIFA President following the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee to provisionally ban him from all football activities on a national and international level.

''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,'' the world body said in a statement.

While the ban lasts, Blatter is not allowed to represent FIFA in any capacity, act on the organisation’s behalf, or communicate to media or other stakeholders as a FIFA representative.

Also banned for 90 days, by the Independent Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee, is FIFA’s Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

The decision follows FIFA’s announcement on 17 Sept. 2015 that the organization had put Valcke on leave and released him from his duties effective immediately. On that date, FIFA requested a formal investigation by the Ethics Committee.

FIFA said all operational business matters will continue to be overseen by Markus Kattner, who is the Acting Secretary General.

Blatter, 79, has been under pressure to quit, but he has resisted the pressure, saying he would wait till Feb. 2016 elections when new elections have been scheduled to pick a new FIFA President.

Last Friday, the Swiss Attorney General’s office said Blatter was being investigated "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as - alternatively - on suspicion of misappropriation.”

The investigations relate to two separate transactions involving Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.

Blatter maintained "he had done nothing illegal or improper" after criminal proceedings were opened against him by the Swiss Attorney General.
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08 october 2015 14:46:11

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