FIFA suspends Caribbean official Lisle Austin

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ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has suspended Caribbean soccer official Lisle Austin for a year for breaching statutes in the ongoing fallout from the presidential election bribery scandal.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee suspended Austin, an ally of former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, for breaking rules by taking his dispute with the CONCACAF confederation to a civil court in the Bahamas.

Austin can appeal.

The Barbados official became acting CONCACAF president in May after FIFA provisionally suspended Warner for allegedly helping former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam bribe Caribbean voters.

CONCACAF suspended Austin days later when he tried to fire Chuck Blazer, the American general secretary who had alerted FIFA to alleged bribery.