Blatter Suspended, Issa Hayatou Appointed Acting FIFA President

Blatter Suspended, Issa Hayatou Appointed Acting FIFA President

By Felix Ojong | Sports Reporter on October 8, 2015
The president of CAF, Issa Hayatou, who announced the host countries of the African Nations Championship in 2019, 2021 and 2023. | AFP/Sia Kambou

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said on Thursday, October 8, 2015 that Sepp Blatter had been relieved of his duties as president of the global football body and that the African football head, Issa Hayatou would be acting president.

FIFA made this disclosure through a statement to the press on Thursday, October 8, 2015, “Today, in accordance with Fifa’s code of ethics, Joseph S. Blatter was relieved of all his duties as Fifa president following the decision to provisionally ban him from all football activities on a national and international 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 communicate to media or other stakeholders as a Fifa representative.

“Issa Hayatou, as the longest-serving vice-president on Fifa’s executive committee, will serve as acting president of Fifa.”

Blatter has expressed disappointment over the conduct of the Fifa’s ethics committee. He said the committee did not speak with him before handing down the suspension. Blatter also commented on the  spoke on the on-going investigation saying he looks forward to presenting evidence to clear his name of all allegations against him.

“President Blatter was disappointed that the Ethics Committee did not follow the Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Code, both of which provide for an opportunity to be heard,” Blatter‘s lawyers said in a statement via email on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

“Further, the Ethics Committee based its decision on a misunderstanding of the actions of the Attorney General in Switzerland, which has opened an investigation but brought no charge against the President.”

Blatter said he was confident he was not guilty of any misconduct.


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