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CONCACAF will not name interim president to replace indicted president

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CONCACAF has decided that they will not appoint an interim president in the wake of Alfredo Hawit's arrest as part of the U.S. Department of Justice's continued probe into world soccer corruption. The confederation's executive committee decided that they will govern CONCACAF until the Congress on May 12, 2016 in Mexico City, when the entire confederation will elect the new president.

"It is critical for the Confederation’s future that the next President be elected by the full Congress, rather than statutorily appointed," CONCACAF executive committee member captain Horace Burrell said. "Under this leadership structure, CONCACAF can ensure there is sufficient time to publicly vet candidates while the Confederation focuses on continued implementation of strong reforms."

Hawit was appointed CONCACAF president after former president Jeffrey Webb was arrested by the Department of Justice. Webb had taken over for Jack Warner, who was banned from FIFA and later also arrested. Then Hawit was arrested and indicted for racketeering and corruption, making it three presidents facing jail time for their conduct in the sport of soccer and as representatives of CONCACAF.

Had CONCACAF done what they did previously when their president was arrested for corruption -- it's maybe not so great when you have a precedent for this -- then a FIFA executive committee would have been named interim president, likely Mexico's Justino Compean.

Instead, Compeon, Burrell, Sunil Gulati, Pedro Chaluja, Luis Hernandez, Victor Montagliani and Sonia Bien-Aime will run the confederation. They make up CONCACAF's executive committee and will see the confederation through May. Seeing as naming interim presidents hasn't done CONCACAF any good, nor are they expertly run anyway, having the executive committee handle things in the interim isn't a big deal.