Austin assumed the position of acting head of CONCACAF last month after president Jack Warner was suspended by FIFA’s Ethics Committee in the wake of its investigation into bribery allegations. Warner, who denies any wrongdoing, later resigned but Austin was then suspended by the CONCACAF Executive Committee after trying to dismiss general secretary Chuck Blazer.
This ruling was extended on a global basis by FIFA, but Austin has now fired back after claiming victory in a court ruling in the Bahamas. Austin stated that the Bahamian court had ruled that CONCACAF’s decision to suspend him and appoint Alfredo Hawit in his place was a contempt of court because the body had ignored an earlier injunction.
“In its ruling yesterday (Wednesday) the Bahamian Court held that CONCACAF is in contempt of court as a result of its disobedience of the terms of the Order dated 10 June, 2011,” read a statement from Austin, reported by Reuters.
“As a result of the contempt, the court did not allow CONCACAF to proceed with its hearing to discharge the order. Therefore, the injunction against CONCACAF remains in place,” he added. “The organisation cannot interfere with my ability to perform my duties as acting president. It is my intention to lead CONCACAF into an era of transparency, accountability and reform.”