CONCACAF power struggle continues
The power struggle at CONCACAF continues after acting president Lisle Austin was provisionally banned for an alleged rule violation.
The Barbados official has been acting as president of the North, Central American and Caribbean governing body in Jack Warner’s absence.
FIFA’s ethics committee suspended Warner from all football-related activity pending the outcome of a full inquiry into bribery accusations made by fellow executive committee member Chuck Blazer.
Austin was drafted in as CONCACAF chief but, according to a statement on http://www.concacaf.com, he has now been suspended, with Honduran official Alfredo Hawit appointed in his place.
The statement read: “Lisle Austin has been provisionally banned from all football activities within CONCACAF and at the national level by a majority of the CONCACAF Executive Committee members for apparent infringement of the CONCACAF Statutes.
“This suspension took effect on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Notice of this suspension is being sent to FIFA to be extended worldwide.
“As the senior most Vice President of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, assumes the role of acting President under the CONCACAF Statutes.”
Austin and Blazer have been at loggerheads this week as the former attempted to sack the FIFA whistle-blower.
However, CONCACAF general secretary Blazer slapped down the threat and a statement on the body’s website said the move was an “unauthorised declaration”.
Austin will face a hearing on July 13 and has until June 13 to appeal the provisional ban. The Notice of Provisional Measure did not specify the case details.
Austin has denied any wrongdoing and claimed CONCACAF had acted against the organisation’s statutes by suspending him.
A statement released on his behalf read: “The action contravenes several articles of the CONCACAF statutes.
“Having assumed the role of President under Article 29, Mr Austin, as President is the only person authorised and empowered to call and chair meetings of the Congress, executive committee, and emergency committee and of the committees.
“It necessarily follows that if the President did not convene or did not chair any meeting of the executive committee that any actions taken or decisions reached at said meeting are not only unenforceable but are ultra vires.
“To date Mr Austin is unaware of the grounds for which he has been illegally suspended.”