Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou has been named as the acting Fifa president, making him the first African to lead world football’s governing body.
It follows the suspension of long-term President Sepp Blatter earlier today.
“Issa Hayatou, as the longest-serving vice-president on Fifa’s Executive Committee, will serve as Acting President of Fifa,” a Fifa statement said.
Below is the full statement:
Official Statement Regarding FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee Dicisions
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 Independent Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee to provisionally ban him from all football activities on a national and internationl level.
Joseph S. Blatter, for the duration of the 90-day ban, is not allowed to represent FIFA in any capacity, act on the organisation’s behalf, or committee to media or other stakeholders as a FIFA representative.
As manadated 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.