FIFA upholds ban for Caribbean leader Lisle Austin

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ZURICH (AP) -- Caribbean soccer leader Lisle Austin has lost his appeal against a one-year suspension.

FIFA says its appeals panel upheld Austin's ban for breaking soccer rules by seeking a court injunction against the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Austin, who is banned until July, can challenge FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The case followed bribery allegations involving former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and vice president Jack Warner.

Austin became acting president of CONCACAF when Warner was suspended and then tried to fire general secretary Chuck Blazer, whose evidence file sparked the scandal.

When CONCACAF suspended Austin, he petitioned a court in the Bahamas.