US soccer: legal issues keeping FIFA seat open

The seat on FIFA’s executive committee vacated when Jack Warner

resigned is being kept open because of legal issues.

Warner quit his positions as a FIFA vice president and as

president of the Confederation of North and Central American and

Caribbean Football on June 21. His decision came a month after

bribery accusations against him made by Chuck Blazer, the American

on the FIFA executive committee and the secretary general of

CONCACAF.

The CONCACAF executive committee is charged with filling the

FIFA seat, which goes to a Caribbean representative, and U.S.

soccer president Sunil Gulati is among five members.

Lisle Austin, who became CONCACAF’s acting president after

Warner quit, was suspended by FIFA for trying to fire Blazer from

his CONCACAF job, and Austin sued in the Bahamas. Gulati said

Tuesday the lawsuit was preventing the seat from being filled.

Blazer announced Friday he is leaving CONCACAF at the end of the

year.

FIFA’s executive committee next meets in Zurich on Oct.

20-21.