Bajan Acting President Suspended From CONCACAF

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 6, 2011: The Barbadian-born acting president of Caribbean Football Federation, CONCACAF, has been suspended as the fallout from the FIFA corruption row continues.

Lisle Austin was suspended by the body on the eve of the Gold Cup. He had been deputising for President Jack Warner, who has been suspended by FIFA following bribery claims.

Austin had reportedly tried to sack CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer after his bribery claims against Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam but CONCACAF said Austin did not have the authority to take this action.

Austin became embroiled in a public spat with Blazer following the American’s claims that Warner and Bin Hammam had paid Caribbean delegates $40,000 (£24,250) each to vote for Bin Hammam in his failed bid for the Fifa presidency.

Austin has been suspended from football duties effective June 2 and the body has asked FIFA to extend the ban to ensure it applies worldwide.

CONCACAF, the continental governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, said on its website that vice-president Alfredo Hawit, from Honduras, will replace Austin as an interim measure.

Austin has until June 13th to appeal against the provisional ban, and will face a hearing on July 13th.