Interim CONCACAF Chief Orders Blazer to Stop Cooperating With Investigators

Interim CONCACAF President Lisle Austin from Barbados is demanding that FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer provide him with "an explanation" of his actions with regard to the CFU meeting on May 10 & 11.

Furthermore, Blazer has been ordered to have no further contact with John Collins, the attorney Blazer engaged to investigate the Bin Hammam/Warner bribery affair.


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ACCORDING TO REUTERS "Austin gave the American 48 hours to explain by what authority he appointed Chicago-based lawyers Collins and Collins to conduct investigations into the members of CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football."

Austin is also ordering that Collins and Collins, which has been CONCACAFs' designated outside council for several years (they also represent the USSF in some areas), be stopped from “conducting any business” with Blazer or CONCACAF, including giving advice or providing representation.

Whether the impetus for this move is coming from Sepp Blatter or (less likely) Jack Warner, one thing is clear: the powers that be are coming after Blazer in reprisal for his role in exposing corruption at the highest levels of FIFA.

Interestingly, this move came only hours after Blazer WARNED CFU OFFICIALS that they must immediately hand back all monies they received from Bin Hammam.

Canadian FA president Dominique Maestracci told Reuters that Blazer told delegates at the CONCACAF meeting earlier today in Zurich that they must immediately give back the money or face action.

Telegraph Sport in England is also reporting that travel and accommodation arrangements for the CFU members attending the two day meeting in Port-of-Spain were made by SImpaul Travel, the Jack Warner-owned agency which was cited by FIFA's auditors for bundling 5000 tickets for World Cup 2006 in Germany.

Delegates were told that if they did not make their travel plans through Simpaul that they would not be reimbursed.

Bin Hammam reportedly told FIFAs' Ethics Committee that he had paid Warner, through Simpaul, $360,000 for flights and hotel stays for the CFU attendees.

Sonia Bien-Aime, the secretary general of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association, provided the committee with a sworn statement saying that the airline ticket she received to attend the meeting had been sent "by Simpaul Travel in Trinidad".

Blazer has not made any public statement regarding this latest development.

I don't suppose there's any chance that Sunil Gulati will start acting like a leader now, is there? Hell, Canadas' guy is more involved here than our own President.