Fifa admits Hayatou mistake

IOC currently investigating allegations Hayatou took kickbacks

Last Updated: 21/09/11 7:58pm

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Fifa has admitted making a mistake in announcing African football leader Issa Hayatou as head of its committee organising Olympic tournaments.

The news regarding Hayatou's apparent new job has caused controversy because the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission is investigating allegations he took kickbacks from Fifa's former marketing partner.

He has twice faced allegations of corruption, which he has denied, in the last year.

Fifa says its official website made 'a technical error' naming Hayatou, who is an IOC member.

The Confederation of African Football issued a news release saying Hayatou was taking charge of events at the Summer Games and Youth Olympic Games.

Error

"Due to a technical error, appointments for Fifa standing committees have appeared on the Fifa website," said football's world governing body in a statement.

"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."

Meanwhile, officials claim they will ask Fifa to scrap the August international dates for exhibition games.

Clubs have argued the games in August disrupt preparations for their season and Europe's 53 national federations have agreed in principle to discuss preferred changes to the calendar.

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