FIFA Ban Former Acting President of Concacaf

August 10, 2011

Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, banned Lisle Austin, the former acting president of Concacaf, after he took legal action over his suspension as head of the Soccer organisation.

The disiplinary committee decided to ban Lisle Austin from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of one year for lodging a claim related to football matters in front of the ordinary courts in the Bahamas, constituting a breach of art. 64 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes. Lisle Austin had been provisionally suspended by the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee on 4 July 2011, the date from which the one-year suspension will start to be counted.

Austin took over as interim president of Concacaf, which runs soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, after previous president Jack Warner was suspended over bribery allegations. He was banned on June 2 by the ruling body after he fired General Secretary Chuck Blazer, who made the initial bribery allegation against Warner.

Austin tried to fight the ruling in the Bahamas but was in violation of FIFA rules. The one year ban could be extended depending if Austin drops his claim.