By Franck Felix Gutenberg, US Africa News. Updated 2015-10-16

Issa Hayatou

The suspension of Sepp Blatter has brought a new man to the head of FIFA. The president of the African confederation intends to implement reforms to "restore credibility". But he did not rule out a Blatter and Platini return.



Issa Hayatou has been on the executive committee of FIFA since 1990 when Joao Havelange was still president; with the provisional suspensions of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for 90 days due to the corruption scandal and fraud currently affecting FIFA (suspensions later may be increased by an additional 45 days), the Ethics Commission is now obliged to rely on the only man who has survived the shipwreck that is sinking the upper echelon of the governing body of world football.


Thus Hayatou, current president of the African Football Confederation, is taking the reins of FIFA. The president of the Spanish Football Federation and Vice President of UEFA, Ángel María Villar, will occupy the seat left vacant by Platini.


Before these sanctions could be imposed by the Ethics Commission, Platini had accused, in a statement, "an official FIFA source" of being at the origin of a "deliberate leak that aims to undermine his image.” He referred to a leak "insidious in nature and unacceptable in method," and stressed his "willingness to cooperate in accordance with the strictest rules of procedure," adding that "FIFA has meanwhile clearly violated them." The UEFA president wants, in any case, "every effort to establish the truth."


Sepp Blatter, sent a statement through his lawyers, in which he said he was "disappointed that the Ethics Commission did not follow the code of ethics and disciplinary code" that offer a person who is challenged the opportunity "to be heard". According to his statement, the Commission based its decision on "a misinterpretation" of the action taken by the Swiss courts against the FIFA president.


Despite everything, Hayatou, first vice president of the international football federation, is "very happy" to have been named interim president following the suspension imposed against Blatter. Hayatou is revisiting the scandal that has impacted FIFA, and is determined to carry out reforms by the time of the election of the new President on February 26.


“A committee is hard at work; we will follow the reforms it presents to us," he explained. “It will present them to the Congress on February 26. This will affect, for example, term limits, and age limits for officials. They will contribute to restoring credibility. And perhaps new people will emerge, no one knows. "