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Rise and fall of Lisle Austin
Reuters, August 10th, 2011 4:11PM

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Lisle Austin's reign as Concacaf president will have lasted all of four days. His fall was complete on Wednesday when FIFA's disciplinary committee banned him from all soccer activity for one year for going to a Bahamian court to seek to overturn the decision of the Concacaf executive committee to remove him from office.

Austin, who hails from Barbados, was named interim president following the suspension of long-time president Jack Warner, who has since quit soccer. The first thing Austin did was try to fire Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer, who had reported Warner and Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam to FIFA for their attempt to bribe members of the Caribbean Football Union to vote for bin Hammam in his FIFA presidential bid.

FIFA takes a very dim view of individuals or organizations taking soccer matters to the courts. It said Austin must drop his court case in the Bahamas "definitively and irrevocably" or he will remain banned from taking part in any kind of soccer activities.

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