Zurich - Cameroon's Issa Hayatou and Spain's Angel Maria
Villar are in line to take over as interim heads of soccer's world and European
governing bodies following the suspension on Thursday of Sepp Blatter and
In the latest twist in the corruption scandal engulfing the
sport, Blatter and Platini were both handed 90-day provisional bans, extendable
by 45 days, by the Ethics Committee of the world body, FIFA.
FIFA's statutes say that the most senior vice-president will
stand-in for the president of the organisation. That position is currently held
by Hayatou, president of Africa's football confederation (CAF).
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Spanish Football Federation president Villar is positioned
to take over from Platini as he is the European governing body's
Villar has been widely reported to be facing a FIFA ethics
investigation himself related to Spain's joint bid with Portugal for the 2018
World Cup. FIFA's ethics committee is not allowed to confirm or deny the
existence of any investigations.
In 2011, Hayatou was reprimanded by the International
Olympics Committee's ethics commission after he confirmed to them that he was
paid by FIFA's former marketing agency International Sport and Leisure in 1995.
The IOC said such an action constituted a conflict of
interest. Hayatou denied any personal gain or wrongdoing.For
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