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CONCACAF Chaos Continues

After Jack Warner (Pres. CONCACAF) was suspended by FIFA pending full investigation acting Pres. Lisle Austin tried to suspend Chuck Blazer for accusing Warner. Blazer remains as General Secretary as the Pres. does not have the power to choose the Gen Sec.

Now Austin has been suspended, likely for his attempted power grab. He has insisted that he is still in power that that the ExCo of CONCACAF does not have the power to remove him. The Executive Committee has voted Honduran member Alfredo Hawit as the new Acting President.

The "battle" between Blazer and Austin included dueling press releases from the New York City headquarters of the Federation and Austin's Barbados' offices. It also involved Austin trying to fire a lawyer who serves both CONCACAF and FIFA who is a former US Federal prosecutor.

United States interests seem to be accelerating within the region, and thereby within FIFA, but the house is still built on loose sand, as all of FIFA operates on a one-nation, one-vote system. The Caribbean will remain very powerful particularly as long as the shadow of Jack Warner looms over the island nations. Then again, if his allies keep acting beyond their power or wind-up accused of bribery in the expanding probe that had Warner suspended the sub-region will lose influence.

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