Blazer survives sack attempt
Fifa whistle-blower remains Concacaf general secretary
Last Updated: June 1, 2011 8:39am
Blazer: Still Concacaf general secretary following unauthorised attempt to sack him
An attempt to sack Fifa whistle-blower Chuck Blazer has failed after Concacaf confirmed he was still general secretary.
After Fifa member Blazer's bribery claims prompted the provisional suspension of Concacaf president Jack Warner and Asian chief Mohamed Bin Hammam, Lisle Austin - acting president of the North, Central American and Caribbean governing body in Warner's absence - attempted to fire him by sending him a letter stating they were terminating his contract.
However, a statement from Concacaf quickly slapped down Austin.
"Today an unauthorised declaration was made by Lisle Austin attempting to remove Chuck Blazer as General Secretary of Concacaf," read the statement.
"This attempted action was taken without any authority.
"Under the Concacaf Statutes, jurisdiction over the General Secretary rests solely with the Concacaf Executive Committee which has taken no action.
"Further a majority of the Executive Committee Members have advised Mr. Austin that he does not have the authority to take such action.
"Chuck Blazer continues as Concacaf General Secretary and with the full authority of his office.
"The Confederation continues its normal operations including the Gold Cup commencing on June 5th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas."
Sepp Blatter is set to be re-elected as Fifa president for a fourth term on Wednesday and Blazer believes the Football Association's attempt to have the election called off has come too late.
He said: "Unfortunately with them, everything is too little too late.
"If they wanted other candidates they should have done things before the deadline.
"If they wanted to report malfeasance they shouldn't have waited for a Parliamentary hearing.
"The FA needs to learn to be ahead of the curve and not behind the game."