Tuesday 12 December 2017

New Fifa fiasco as whistle-blower survives sacking bid

Chuck Blazer (left) with Sepp Blatter
Chuck Blazer (left) with Sepp Blatter

Fifa whistle-blower Chuck Blazer is still the general secretary of Concaf after the confederation last night slapped down an attempt to sack him.

After Fifa member Blazer's bribery claims prompted the provisional suspension of Concafaf president Jack Warner and Asian chief Mohamed Bin Hammam, Lisle Austin - acting president of the North, Central American and Caribbean governing body in Warner's absence - attempted to fire him by sending him a letter stating they were terminating his contract.

Austin said in his letter that he considered Blazer had "grossly insulted and defamed" Caribbean associations by stating "that each member association was under investigation for bribery".

The acting president also said Blazer had "improperly appointed five non-elected members of Concacaf to congress".

Austin repeated that Blazer had no authority to hire Chicago-based lawyers Collins and Collins to collect information for the report which led to the suspension of Warner.

"The above conduct is inexcusable and a gross misconduct of duty and judgment. It is apparent that you are no longer fit to act as secretary general of Concacaf and to represent its members," the letter concluded.

However, a statement from Concacaf has quickly slapped down Austin.

"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.

"Chuck Blazer continues as Concacaf General Secretary and with the full authority of his office. The Confederation continues its normal operations including the Gold Cup commencing on June 5th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas."

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