CONCACAF LogoMIAMI, December 7, 2015 – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will remain without a president until its next Congress in May in Mexico.

The Confederation’s Executive Committee unanimously agreed not to appoint a successor President of CONCACAF.

In statement on Monday, CONCACAF said that the confederation will operate through the members of the executive committee until a new president is elected by Member Associations at its Congress on May 12, 2016 in Mexico City.

CONCACAF is without a president following the arrest of Alfredo Hawit last Thursday on corruption charges. Hawit was appointed president of CONCACAF to replace Jeffrey Webb himself arrested on May 27, 2015 on similar charges.

“The CONCACAF EXCO concluded that, in light of current events, it is critical that the Confederation’s next President be determined by a public election and the scrutiny that comes with it,” according to the statement.

Current CONCACAF executive members, Justino Compean, Horace Burrell, Sunil Gulati, Pedro Chaluja, Luis Hernandez, Victor Montagliani, and Sonia Bien-Aime, will oversee the Confederation’s operations and serve in an advisory capacity to CONCACAF’s Acting General Secretary, Ted Howard, and Director-level staff.

“CONCACAF must maintain stability in the Confederation’s day-to-day operations,” said Compean. “This interim leadership structure demonstrates the EXCO’s unity and allows us to serve our Member Associations with a high level of efficiency, transparency, and accountability.”

“It is critical for the Confederation’s future that the next President be elected by the full Congress, rather than statutorily appointed. Under this leadership structure, CONCACAF can ensure there is sufficient time to publicly vet candidates while the Confederation focuses on continued implementation of strong reforms,” said Captain Horace Burrell of Jamaica.

Hawit was one of two FIFA vice-presidents arrested by Swiss police in Zurich on December 3. They have been given 90-day provisional suspensions by the ethics committee of world football’s governing body.

Hawit and Juan Ángel Napout, the Paraguayan head of the South American federation, CONMEBOL, have been indicted by US authorities as part of an alleged conspiracy of corruption offences. Both are in custody and are fighting extradition to the US.

In imposing the 90-day suspensions, the ethics committee said in a statement: “The reason for the ban, which was based on the request of the investigatory chamber under its chairman Dr Cornel Borbely, is the indictment issued yesterday by the United States Department of Justice for charges of racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.”


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