Concacaf will go without a president for now

With its last three presidents indicted on bribery charges in the last six months, Concacaf's executive committee has decided to go without a president until May when a new president can be elected by the confederation's 41 members.

On Friday, Honduran Alfredo Hawit was provisionally banned from all soccer-related activities on a national and international level within the Concacaf region. That came a day after he was arrested on corruption charges in Zurich. He had been named acting president after Jeffrey Webb was arrested at the same Baur au Lac hotel in May. Webb, who has since pleaded guilty on seven conspiracy counts, succeeded Trinidadian Jack Warner in 2012. Warner was also indicted in May but is fighting extradition. Hawit was interim president between Warner and Webb.

The Caribbean region dominates the Concacaf membership, making it the favorite to produce the next president.

Mexican Justino Compean had been expected to step in for Hawit as the longest-serving vice president.

“Concacaf must maintain stability in the Confederation’s day-to-day operations,” Compean said. “This interim leadership structure demonstrates the exco’s unity and allows us to serve our member associations with a high level of efficiency, transparency, and accountability.”
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