Austin dumped by CONCACAF
AFTER JUST ONE WEEK acting as interim CONCACAF president, Barbadian Lisle Austin has now been vetoed from football-related pursuits.
Austin, who had replaced the suspended Jack Warner amid a FIFA bribery scandal, has been provisionally banned from all football activities within CONCACAF and at the national level.
A notice on the CONCACAF website, said the decision was taken by a majority of the CONCACAF Executive Committee members for “apparent infringement of the CONCACAF statutes”. Austin’s ban took effect from last Thursday and the verdict has already been sent to FIFA to be extended worldwide.
The charges against Austin were for “possible violations of CONCACAF statutes, FIFA statutes, regulations, decisions and Code of Ethics and breach of fiduciary duty to CONCACAF – pursuant to CONCACAF statutes articles 28 and 41 and the FIFA disciplinary code”.
The members who made the decision to ban Austin were Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, Justino Compean of Mexico, Ariel Alvarado of Panama and Sunil Gulati of the United States.
As the senior most vice-president of CONCACAF, Hawit, has now assumed the role of acting president under the CONCACAF statutes.
Austin, the former president of the Barbados Football Association (BFA), and long-standing CONCACAF vice-president, on assuming office last Monday after Warner was suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee, immediately called on general secretary Chuck Blazer to explain why he chose to investigate members of the continental governing body for misconduct.