FIFA backtracks over Hayatou appointments

BERNE - FIFA has backtracked over an announcement on Tuesday that African football boss Issa Hayatou had been appointed head of the organising committee for Olympic football tournaments and the Goal Bureau.

"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."

Hayatou's name had also been removed on Wednesday from the list of officials at the Goal Bureau which oversees funding of what is seen as one of FIFA's most important projects.

The Goal programme provides support for football development projects such as creation of youth academies, the modernisation of national association computer systems, and the promotion of women's football, futsal and beach football.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Hayatou would have been a controversial choice for either post because he has twice faced allegations of corruption, which he has denied, in the last year.

CAF's website did not immediately report the mistake and continued to carry a copy of its original statement issued on Tuesday when the appointment was announced.