US soccer: legal issues keeping FIFA seat open

BY foxsports • October 12, 2011

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.

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