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