Who is Issa Hayatou? FIFA acting president

Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke were suspended for 90 days on Thursday as investigations into football’s governing body continue.

Blatter, 79, is suspected of making a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs – around £1.3million – to UEFA president Michel Platini which was “at the expense of FIFA.”

All three are banned from all football activity but deny any wrongdoing.

Issa Hayatou, who heads Africa’s football confederation (CAF) will act as president during Blatter’s ban

But who is he? Here is all you need to know

The basics

FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa via Getty ImagesFIFA SG Jerome Valcke and FIFA LOC Chairman Issa Hayatou
In charge: Hayatou has been in charge of the CAF since the late 80s

Name: Issa Hayatou

Age: 69

Born: Garoua, French Cameroons

Current role: Fifth president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)

Powerful family background

Hayatou, having being born in the Cameroon, was initially a middle-distance runner and primary school teacher. He represented Cameroon nationally and joined the international basketball team.

He is married with four children and his brother Sadou is a former Prime Minister of Cameroon. His family have a strong wield on politics in the Cameroon.

Roles in football

Hayatou was named as the secretary general of the Cameroon Football Association aged just 28 back in 1974. 12 years later he was named as the chairman.

He was appointed onto the CAF executive committee in 1987 and assumed his role as the CAF president in 1988 – a role he still holds today.

Key to the rise of African football

REUTERSIssa Hayatou (R) and Chung Mong-Joon
Key man: Hayatou is one of the most influential figures in the African game

Hayatou was one of the key men behind the rise of African football over the past 20 years and has overseen successful World Cup appearances from African teams.

He has been instrumental in rising the African places at the World Cup finals from two places to five – and six when South Africa claimed a berth as hosts.

Hayatou presided over both the bid and the organising committee for the 2010 games, which was the first time it was ever held in Africa.

Beaten by Blatter for FIFA presidency in 2002

Alexander Hassenstein – FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesFIFA President Joseph S. Blatter shakes hands with FIFA Senior Vice President Issa Hayatou of Cameroon
Defeated: Blatter beat Hayatou to the FIFA presidency back in 2002

Hayatou attempted to win the FIFA presidency in 2002 – but lost to Blatter by 139 votes to 56.

Hayatou had forged a close relationship with UEFA leaders and as a result did have the backing of the top European football leaders at that time – however, it wasn’t anywhere near enough.

First corruption allegations

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou
Denials: Hayatou denied that he had taken bribes for TV rights

An edition of BBC’s Panorama programme alleged in 2010 that Hayatou had taken bribes back in the 1990s regarding the awarding of TV rights for the World Cup.

They claimed that Hayatou received a payment of 100,000 French Francs from a company called ISL, who won the rights to show the World Cup.

Hayatou denied the allegations and claimed that the money went to the CAF.

Qatar allegations

GettyIssa Hayatou, (C) offers a trophy to Ivory Coast Football Association president Jacques Anouma
Accusations: Hayatou and Anouma (right) have been accused of taking bribes

Hayatou was accused by the Sunday Times back in May 2011 to have taken a bribe, alongside fellow FIFA Executive Committee member Jacques Anouma, of $1.5million.

That money allegedly came from Qatar in a bid to win his support for the 2022 FIFA World Cup competition.

He is yet to be questioned in the current investigations.

Odds on next FIFA president

Stu Forster/GettyPresident of UEFA, Michel Platini watches on
Favourite: Platini is still the favourite to take control

The bookies have reacted to today’s news by lengthening Michel Platini’s odds to replace Blatter in the top job.

The Frenchman was available at 1/3 this morning, but is now 5/2. Prince Ali is favourite at 4/7, but Hayatou, has gone from 33/1 to 6/1 with some bookmakers in the past few weeks.