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is the head of the Barbados Football Association
The Barbados Football Association is the governing body of association football in Barbados. It organizes the Barbadian national football team.-External links:* at the FIFA website....
and was made the interim head of CONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is the continental governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean...
on May 30, 2011.
Preceding Austin’s May 30th appointment as Acting President, Chuck Blazer
Charles "Chuck" Blazer is an American soccer administrator.He has been a member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 1996, and served as Commissioner of the American Soccer League and Executive Vice President of the United States Soccer Federation...
(the General Secretary of CONCACAF) triggered controversy by accusing two top international soccer officials of corruption.
On May 31st, Austin terminated Blazer from his position as General Secretary of CONCACAF with immediate effect for the following four reasons:
- “On May 30, 2011, at the Swissotel, Zurich, Switzerland, you grossly insulted and defamed every member Association of the Caribbean of the CONCACAF by stating categorically that each member Association is under investigation for bribery; and
- Without any authorization whatsoever from the Executive Committee of CONCACAF you hired the law firm of Collins and Collins to conduct an unauthorized investigation of CONCACAF and its personnel and members.
- Deliberately not informing myself, as I am now for the moment the President of CONCACAF, of the CONCACAF Caucus prior to the FIFA Congress of June 1 and usurping the authority of the President to chair all meetings of CONCACAF including the Caucus.
- Improperly appointing 5 non-elected members of CONCACAF to act as delegates to the FIFA Congress of June 1 rather than eligible elected members including myself, the acting President of CONCACAF
Austin also advised the Executive Committee that he authorized an accounting firm to initiate a forensic audit of the CONCACAF financial records over the last five years. However, he was informed by a majority of the Executive Committee that he lacked any authority to do so.
During a meeting that was neither convened by the Acting President nor the President on June 2 a majority of the Executive Committee responded to Austin's assertion of authority by suspending him, stating that he was being "banned from all football activities within CONCACAF and at the national level ... for apparent infringement of the CONCACAF Statutes."
On June 10, the Supreme Court of the Bahamas granted a provisional injunction preventing CONCACAF from interfering with Lisle Austin in his role as acting president of CONCACAF. On June 29th, The Bahamian Court held that CONCACAF was in contempt of court as a result of its disobedience of the terms of the Order.
On August 10th, the FIFA
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association , commonly known by the acronym FIFA , is the international governing body of :association football, futsal and beach football. Its headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland, and its president is Sepp Blatter, who is in his fourth...
Disciplinary Committee “…decided to ban Lisle Austin from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of one year for lodging a claim related to football matters …” and until such time as he withdrew his civil suit against CONCACAF.