Next CONCACAF president will not be elected until May

Berlin, Dec. 8 (GNA/dpa) – The CONCACAF football confederation said Monday it will not appoint an interim president after its last three presidents have been indicted in a United States-led corruption probe.

Acting president Alfredo Hawit of Honduras was arrested last week in Zurich where he was to attend an executive committee meetings of the ruling body FIFA.

Previous CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands was arrested in May in Zurich and has been extradited to the US. His predecessor Jack Warner faces an extradition hearing in February in his native Trinidad and Tobago.

Webb and Warner were indicted in May while Hawit and six others from the CONCACAF region, which oversees football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, were charged last week.

All three were also vice-presidents of the ruling body FIFA.

The CONCACAF said in a statement that its executive committee will form a collective leadership until a new president is elected at the confederation congress on May 12 in Mexico City, and not appointed.

“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,” a statement said.