CONCACAF to lead by committee in wake of indictments
CONCACAF announced Monday that it will be led by committee until its May 2016 elections.
The news comes in the wake of last week’s FIFA indictments, in which acting president Alfredo Hawit was indicted on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.
Hawit was one of 16 notable FIFA officials indicted by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, while seven other CONCACAF senior officials were also indicted.
Eight defendants in the case have pleaded guilty, including former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, whose evidence assisted in the latest round of indictments.
CONCACAF also announced Monday that its next president will be determined by public election and “the scrutiny” that surrounds it.
“It is critical for the Confederation’s future that the next President be elected by the full Congress, rather than statutorily appointed,” CONCACAF executive committee member Captain Horace Burrell added. “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.”
The election will take place before the FIFA Congress on May 12, 2016 in Mexico City.