Football: CONCACAF suspend acting president

NEW YORK, June 4, 2011 (AFP) - Acting CONCACAF president Lisle Austin, who stepped into the job after Jack Warner was suspended in the wake of the FIFA election scandal, has been suspended by the regional federation.

CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, said Austin was handed the provisional ban relating to his activities with CONCACAF and his native Barbados, and said in a statement they will ask world governing body FIFA to extend Austin's suspension worldwide until his hearing on July 13.

CONCACAF vice president Alfredo Hawit of Honduras is now the acting president.

CONCACAF did elaborate on what Austin's infractions were. He attempted to sack Chuck Blazer as secretary general after Blazer alleged longtime CONCACAF leader Jack Warner and fellow FIFA executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam offered cash for votes in last Wednesday's FIFA presidential election.

Both were suspended by FIFA and Sepp Blatter, whose only opposition in the vote had been bin Hammam, was elected unopposed to a fourth term.

Austin also tried to break CONCACAF's relationship with John P. Collins, a former US federal prosecutor who investigated Blazer's claims and prepared the report for FIFA.

Collins represents CONCACAF, and also sits on FIFA's legal committee.

The announcement came one day before the start of the Gold Cup, CONCACAF's premier regional tournament which will be played in 13 venues across America.

The winner will earns a berth in the 2013 Confederations Cup.

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