Canada’s Montagliani To Run For CONCACAF

February 11, 2016

Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani is running for president of CONCACAF, a position Guyana’s Mark Rodrigues and Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden are also seeking.

This follow after acting CONCACAF President Alfredo Hawit was arrested last year as part of the probe into FIFA by international law enforcement entities.

Following his arrest, CONCACAF voted unanimously to not appoint a new President of CONCACAF, saying that “in light of current events it is critical that the Confederation’s next President be determined by a public election and the scrutiny that comes with it.”

“There’s a lot of really good people in the game,” Mr Montagliani said. “But I think it’s time for maybe the silent majority to not be silent any more, and I consider myself part of that.”

A 2013 interview with Mr Montagliani

“The events have sullied our sport and badly undermined the public’s trust in football’s governing bodies,” Mr Montagliani wrote in a letter announcing his candidacy. ”

If football is deserving of the devotion of such a large swath of the world’s population, then it needs to be governed in a principled and professional way that, above all else, protects the integrity of the game.

“I believe my unique journey in football as a player, administrator, and executive has prepared me particularly well to lead CONCACAF at this important moment.”

CONCACAF members are scheduled to elect a new president on May 12 in Mexico City.

CONCACAF — the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football — is the governing body of football for the Caribbean and Central American region, covering a number of nations and islands including Bermuda.

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