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Concacaf officials at loggerheads

  • Reuters, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 2:54 PM

Jack Warner, suspended Sunday from all soccer activities pending a full investigation into the bribery charges leveled against Mohamed bin Hammam and him, said Caribbean soccer federations should back FIFA President Sepp Blatter in his presidential bid and not boycott the election.

Warner's statement landed him in hot water with Concacaf General Secretary Chuck Blazer, who reported Warner to FIFA for violating the terms of his provisional suspension.

Blazer in turn is at loggerheads with Concacaf's interim president, Lisle Austin of Barbados, for continuing to work with attorney John Collins, whose firm filed the report documenting the bribery scheme that is alleged to have taken place at the May 10-11 meeting of Caribbean soccer officials in Port of Spain.

Austin asked Blazer to stop, but the American refuses. "It clearly falls under my jurisdiction as general secretary of Concacaf," said Blazer.

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