World’s governing body makes embarrassing decision.
FIFA have been forced into an embarrassing backtrack over the appointment of Issa Hayatou as the organiser of London 2012’s football tournament.
The governing body was forced to make the U-turn, as the Cameroonian is still under investigation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over corruption allegations.
Hayatou, head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was also named the new chairman of Fifa’s Goal Bureau, which distributes millions of dollars to development projects mainly in Africa and Asia.
The announcements provoked uproar about Fifa’s commitment to an anti-corruption drive promised by president Sepp Blatter.
Hayatou was accused by a BBC’s Panorama of accepting a £10,000 bribe in 1995 from ISL, FIFA’s former media rights partner.
This prompted the IOC to make Hayatou the subject of its own inquiry by its ethics commission. An IOC spokesman confirmed the investigation was continuing.
The 65-year-old was also named by The Sunday Times as accepting a bribe from the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team in return for his vote.
Fifa issued a statement clarifying their position.
“Due to a technical error, appointments for Fifa Standing Committees have appeared on the Fifa website,” the statement read.
“The appointments for the chairman and deputy chairman of the Fifa standing committees will be communicated in due course.
“Therefore, Issa Hayatou has not been appointed as chairman of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments.”
His name was subsequently removed from a list of Goal Bureau officials.
Hayatou denies the allegations against him, claiming the payment from ISL was not received by him personally but was made to the CAF to mark its 40th anniversary.
He also denied any wrongdoing as alleged by The Sunday Times. The whistleblower who implicated Hayatou later withdrew her claim that they had received bribes.