Acting Concacaf president Lisle Austin maintains sacking of Chuck Blazer is legal and initiates investigation into financial records

More drama ensues over the sacking and reinstatement of the American as secretary general as the fall-out from the recent bribery scandals engulfing football continues

Acting Concacaf president Lisle Austin continues to maintain that he was constitutionally correct to take the decision to terminate Chuck Blazer from his position as secretary general of the football governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean and has also initiated an audit of the confederation's financial records.

Concacaf's New York office faction overruled Austin’s decision to fire Blazer, claiming that it was “unauthorised” and that such a jurisdiction “rests solely with the Concacaf Executive Committee, which has taken no action.”

However, soon after Austin’s office issued a “final statement on this matter” and explained that his decision is legal, and it has now been revealed that he himself wrote a letter addressed to the concerned four members of the Confederations Executive Committee (Alfredo Hawit, Justino Compean, Ariel Alvarado and Sunil Gulati).

In the letter, seen by Goal.com, Austin said that the “services of Mr Blazer as General Secretary of CONCACAF have been terminated under Article 29 of the CONCACAF statutes which give me that power and I enclose for your attention a notarized copy of the letter of termination.“

In the same letter Austin revealed that he has “authorized an accounting firm to initiate a forensic audit in the financial records of our Confederation over the last five years.“


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