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Replacing arrested soccer leader, CONCACAF names new president

Jeffrey Webb, the former president of CONCACAF, is among the soccer officials who were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities.
Jeffrey Webb, the former president of CONCACAF, is among the soccer officials who were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities. AP

A day after being rocked with indictments of several of its top officials and allegations of massive corruption and bribery, the Miami Beach-based Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced Thursday that it had dismissed president Jeffrey Webb and vice president Eduardo Li and named senior vice president Alfredo Hawit as CONCACAF president.

The executive committee appointed Victor Montagliani, president of the Canadian Soccer Association; Justino Compean, president of the Mexican Soccer Federation; and Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer Federation, to a special committee which will be charged with evaluating all of the business operations of the confederation in the wake of the indictments.

The executive committee also placed general secretary Enrique Sanz, who is battling leukemia, on a leave of absence to begin immediately. Deputy general secretary Ted Howard has been appointed as acting general secretary.

“While we are profoundly disappointed by the allegations made by authorities that again, CONCACAF has been the victim of fraud, we remain committed to CONCACAF’s goal to develop, promote and manage the game of soccer,” Hawit said. “We have now taken the appropriate steps to maintain our operations and continue to deliver on our commitments to all of our constituents, including our fans, members as well as commercial and broadcast partners. We also continue to cooperate with the ongoing investigation by governmental authorities, which have not placed any restrictions on our ongoing activities.”

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