Honduran Takes Over CONCACAF Presidency

Barbadian Lisle Austin was placed in charge of CONCACAF only last week after CONCACAF President Jack Warner was suspended by FIFA pending an investigation into bribery allegations. Lisle Austin, however, has now been temporarily suspended as acting president of CONCACAF by the soccer body’s executive committee for ‘possible violations’ of its statutes. CONCACAF is the association of soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, and this change took place only one day before CONCACAF’s premier event, their 20th anniversary edition.

A letter from CONCACAF’s U.S. lawyer, John Collins was sent to Austin, and stated that the decision was made by the “majority of the executive committee”. Honduran Alfredo Hawit is now in temporary charge of the body, according to the world soccer’s governing body, FIFA.

Austin, however, claims the decision to suspend him is invalid because as President, only he has the right to call an executive committee meeting. He also said that he had been “denied the opportunity of a hearing” and had not even heard the charges against him.

The newest temporary president, Alfredo Hawit, said in a statement, “We are clearly passing through a difficult time. However, I consistently believe that CONCACAF will overcome these challenges and will reach at greater heights.” Hawit also stated that, “…we are confident this year’s edition will be our best ever. I trust it will help bring everyone’s attention back to where it belongs — the field.”

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