- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

Alfredo Hawit of Honduras has been appointed acting president of CONCACAF and American Ted Howard has been made acting general secretary.

The announcement was made Thursday by the executive committee of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, one day after CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb was arrested in Switzerland and indicted in the United States on charges of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

Webb, who is from the Cayman Islands, was elected CONCACAF president in May 2012. CONCACAF said Webb and Eduardo Li, the president of Costa Rican soccer’s governing body, had been “provisionally dismissed.” Li, who had been elected to fill one of CONCACAF’s seats on FIFA’s executive committee, also was indicted and arrested.

CONCACAF has had a string of leaders in recent years. Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago held the position from 1990 until May 29, 2011, when he was suspended by FIFA during a bribery investigation.

Lisle Austin of Barbados became acting president but was suspended by CONCACAF’s executive committee that June 2 after he tried to fire Chuck Blazer, the confederation’s American general secretary.

Hawit served as acting president until Webb was elected the following May 23. Howard served as acting general secretary between Blazer’s resignation at the end of 2011 and the hiring of Colombian-born Enrique Sanz on July 25, 2012.

Warner also was indicted Wednesday on corruption charges and was arrested in Trinidad, and the U.S. government revealed Blazer pled guilty in November 2013 to corruption and tax charges. A CONCACAF ethics and integrity committee issued a report in 2013 accusing Warner and Blazer of enriching themselves through fraud.

Webb and Li were suspended by FIFA. CONCACAF said Sanz had been placed on a leave of absence. An unidentified co-conspirator listed in the indictment fits the description of Sands’ work history.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, Mexican Soccer Federation President Justino Compean and Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani were appointed to a special committee that CONCACAF said was “charged with the duties of evaluating and sustaining all of the business operations of the confederation in the wake of the indictments brought against certain members of FIFA and CONCACAF.”

“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 in a statement. “We have now taken the appropriate steps to maintain our operations and continue to deliver on our commitments.”

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