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.”