Wednesday, June 01, 2011

FIFA To Change World Cup Voting Method

During remarks at the FIFA Congress, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that moving forward the entire 208-member Congress will vote on who hosts the World Cup.

"I want to give more power to the national associations. In the future, the World Cup will be decided by the Fifa congress. The executive committee will create a shortlist but will make no recommendations, only a list… and the congress will decide on the venue."

Under the old system, the Executive Committee picked the World Cup host.
Acting CONCACAF President Attempts To Fire Blazer

Update: Later on Tuesday night, acting CONCACAF president Lisle Austin released a statement saying it is within the rights of the president to fire the secretary general and Blazer was 'trespassing' by using CONCACAF's media channel to distribute a contradictory media release. Austin also said he would not be discussing the Blazer firing further.

With CONCACAF president Jack Warner preliminarily suspended from his role, acting CONCACAF president Lisle Austin has apparently tried to fire general secretary Chuck Blazer according to multiple media reports. CONCACAF released a statement on Tuesday evening calling the move “unauthorized” and pointing to CONCACAF regulations that only that organization’s Executive Committee can fire the general secretary.

Today an unauthorized declaration was made by Lisle Austin attempting to remove Chuck Blazer as General Secretary of CONCACAF.

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.

It was Blazer who presented evidence to FIFA implicating former FIFA presidential candidate and Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam and Warner in a money for votes scandal.

Both Bin Hammam and Warner were preliminarily suspended on Sunday after a meeting of FIFA’s Ethics Committee. Blazer had already accused Warner of violating that preliminary suspension by encouraging the Caribbean members of FIFA to vote for FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Wednesday’s election. Blatter is the only candidate, but some members of FIFA are expected to either not show up on Wednesday or abstain from casting a vote.

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