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CONCACAF suspend Austin

June 4, 2011

The power struggle at CONCACAF continues after acting president Lisle Austin was provisionally banned for an alleged rule violation.

Austin has been acting as president of the North, Central American and Caribbean governing body in Jack Warner's absence.

FIFA's ethics committee suspended Warner from all football-related activity pending the outcome of a full inquiry into bribery accusations made by fellow executive committee member Chuck Blazer.

Austin was drafted in as CONCACAF chief but, according to a statement on the confederation's website, he has now been suspended, with Honduran official Alfredo Hawit appointed in his place.

The statement read: ''Lisle Austin has been provisionally banned from all football activities within CONCACAF and at the national level by a majority of the CONCACAF Executive Committee members for apparent infringement of the CONCACAF Statutes.

''This suspension took effect on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Notice of this suspension is being sent to FIFA to be extended worldwide.

''As the senior most Vice President of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, assumes the role of acting President under the CONCACAF Statutes.''

Austin and Blazer have been at loggerheads this week as the former attempted to sack the FIFA whistle-blower.

However, CONCACAF general secretary Blazer slapped down the threat and a statement on the body's website said the move was an ''unauthorised declaration''.

Austin will face a hearing on July 13 and has until June 13 to appeal the provisional ban. The Notice of Provisional Measure did not specify the case details.