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Austin claims victory in Bahamian court
by Paul Kennedy, June 12th, 2011 2:59AM

TAGS:  fifa


[CONCACAF IN CRISIS] Lisle Austin claimed victory in his tug of war with the Concacaf executive committee and general secretary Chuck Blazer for control of the regional confederation in the aftermath of Jack Warner's suspension. Austin said he won a court injunction in the Bahamas to resume duties as acting president of Concacaf after being suspended by the soccer organization. But there is the little matter of FIFA's dim view on individuals taking disputes into the courts ...

Austin said a High Court in the Bahamas -- where Concacaf is incorporated -- issued the injunction yesterday after he was banned by Concacaf on June 2 for allegedly violating rules.

Austin took over as president in late May when Warner was provisionally removed by FIFA over allegations of bribery.

Concacaf vice president Alfredo Hawit of Honduras was installed as the acting president after Austin's suspension, which FIFA extended worldwide.

  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: June 12, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
    This is garbage. Mr. Austin is flounting FIFA regulations which clearly forbid the use of outside legal apparatus to remedy internal matters. Mr. Austin is quick to cite organization rules when they favour him, yet goes outside the system when he doesn't get his way. I strongly believe Mr. Austin is as culpable as Mr. Warner and Mr. Bin Hammam in the bribery scandal, why else would he be working so hard to get rid of Mr. Blazer and the evidence he has. Notwithstanding the Bahamian Court decision, Mr. Austin has been suspended by both CONCACAF and FIFA, for good reason. Mr. Austin knows he overstepped his authority in trying to fire Mr. Blazer, yet he denies his wrongdoing, much as Mr. Warner and Mr. Bin Hammam deny wrongdoing in bribing Carribean Association reps. At a time when CONCACAF should be enjoying the best of national team play in Gold Cup, Mr. Austin is continuing his bizzare behaviour which only detracts from the real show.

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