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Blazer avoids dismissal attempt

June 1, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Lisle Austin, acting president of CONCACAF, has unsuccessfully attempted to sack Chuck Blazer in the aftermath of the American's accusations of bribery and corruption against the now suspended Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Mohamed Bin Hammam and Chuck Blazer have both been embroiled in the latest FIFA saga
GettyImagesMohamed Bin Hammam and Chuck Blazer have both been embroiled in the latest FIFA saga

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Austin, who is standing in for Warner, has sent an email to Blazer explaining that he was "terminated as general secretary of CONCACAF with immediate effect", claiming Blazer's conduct was "inexcusable and a gross misconduct of duty and judgement".

However, it later emerged that Austin had no authority to make such a decision in his temporary capacity. The Central and North American governing body subsequently issued a statement out of New York confirming that Blazer would continue "with the full authority of his office".

The statement read: "Today an unauthorised declaration was made by Lisle Austin attempting to remove Chuck Blazer as General Secretary of CONCACAF.

"This attempted action was taken without any authority.

"Under the CONCACAF Statutes, jurisdiction over the General Secretary rests solely with the CONCACAF Executive Committee which has taken no action.

"Further a majority of the Executive Committee Members have advised Mr. Austin that he does not have the authority to take such action.

Earlier on Tuesday, Warner had sent an email to 25 Caribbean Football Union members urging them to avoid protesting against his suspension in an apparent backflip from his own protests on Monday."

This prompted Blazer to raise questions as to whether Warner had breached the terms of his suspension by engaging in football related business.

Blazer said: "We have clear evidence of a violation of his suspension and we have reported that to the FIFA secretary general.

"He has also been meeting with CONCACAF members, which is against the rules of the suspension."

The FIFA Executive Committee is still due to meet on Wednesday for the latest presidential election, despite the FA's request for the vote to be postponed.