Interim CONCACAF president TRIES to fire Blazer (UPDATED)

ChuckBlazer (Getty)

The FIFA/CONCACAF corruption mess just keeps getting uglier and uglier.

Just days after blowing the whistle on alleged bribes involving then-CONCACAF President Jack Warner and FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam, the man who has temporarily replaced Warner as the head of CONCACAF tried to fire Chuck Blazer. The attempt was unsuccessful though.

Lisle Austin, the man who has replaced Warner as CONCACAF president, issued a statement saying Blazer had been "terminated as general secretary of CONCACAF with immediate effect".

UPDATED- Here is a statement released by CONCACAF, stating that Austin was NOT authorized to fire Blazer:

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.

Blazer, a member of FIFA's Executive Committee, reported Warner and Bin Hammam for allegedly attempting to bribe CONCACAF voters ahead of the FIFA presidential election, which Bin Hammam was running in at time against Sepp Blatter. Now Austin, a reputed ally of Warner, has removed Blazer from his role with CONCACAF, though it remains unclear whether he even has the authority to do such a thing.

What do you think of this nonsense? Is it all just making you laugh, or cry?

Share your thoughts below.

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131 Responses to Interim CONCACAF president TRIES to fire Blazer (UPDATED)

  1. swoopy says:

    Dammit, Hagrid!

  2. dinomitedan says:

    FIFA- Foolish Ignorant Fake A–holes

    soccer countries should just start there own version of FIFA and get rid of corruption. With FA and USSF, SFA, i think will be on board

  3. ALEX G says:

    fifa is the most corrupt ans stupid organization, fire everyone and replace fifa

  4. AlexS says:

    When I first hear Blazer was the one who made the allegations, I figured he made a deal with Blatter to get the Qatar bid overturned. This put Warner’s other allies against him, therefore this. It also sounds like Warner’s going to come back into the picture since his friends haven’t been coopted. Which means Blazer’s out. And likely Bin Hammid dropped out of the race to save the Qatar WC award.

    Sucks, don’t it?

  5. rick lawrence says:

    I think there should be a vote of no confidence. If passed, then there should be a re-vote for the the World Cup 2022 country.

    There is no way Qatar can have a successful cup there.

  6. @ClevelandGooner says:

    This could be a great thing. If Blazer gets the axe, we might here the gory details that are needed to shake up the body politic of a grossly corrupt FIFA organization.

  7. BigProf says:

    is tit for tat even possible? i’m thinking Blatter could step in and overrule that, no? couldnt US advertisers put pressure. how about SUM? Also, wiki says this guy is from Barbados, but can he even fit on that island?

  8. Reid says:

    All i keep thinking the past few day is this line:

    Clyde Shelton: I’m gonna pull the whole thing down. I’m gonna bring the whole fu__in’ diseased, corrupt temple down on your head. It’s gonna be biblical.

  9. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Chuck would have to be quite careful to deal with various ridiculous libel laws.

  10. Dr.MonkeyArmy says:

    Now Ives is tweeting that he hasn’t been fired because they interim head does not have the authority to do so. Crazy.

  11. Luke says:

    Time for the US to do something. What course of action is there? Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks Crooks….i’m not laughing.

  12. jtweedy@azimuthgrp.com says:

    Change should start within. We need to fix US Soccer, CONCACAF and then FIFA. They all need to be fired.

  13. WeatherManNX01 says:

    Anyone else now worried about our chances in the Gold Cup? I wouldn’t put it past some of these people (Austin, Warner) to retaliate by screwing us over in a tournament or three.

  14. john.q says:

    chuck blazer/santa for concacaf president 2011

  15. Rick says:

    I would like to know what does Sunil Gulati (USSF) think about this mess?. and is he doing something about it?.

  16. GW says:

    Where in the hell is Grant Wahl?

  17. Eurosnob says:

    I understand your concern, but the libel suit is the last thing these crooks want to bring. It would expose them to discovery and who knows what kind of things could be uncovered.

  18. Rob says:

    He tweeted about this very early, when news broke….

  19. WeatherManNX01 says:

    Probably in pain from laughing so hard at this kangaroo court that is CONCACAF and FIFA.

  20. VinceN says:

    Hagrid looks mad at Harry Potter…lol…actually looks like he’s Farting…

  21. Eurosnob says:

    The CONCACAF statement says: “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.” I think that the reference to the Gold Cup is quite interesting in the statement regarding the “firing” of Blazer. I wonder if the USSF threated not to host the Gold Cup if Blazer is removed.

  22. EastBayGrease says:

    FIFA…more like FUBAR.

  23. Rob says:

    Or US threatened to pull out of the gold cup, taking advertising money with them.

  24. prizby says:

    something tells me that Lisle Austin was in bed (not literally) with Warner

  25. Rob says:

    Man I can’t wait till the world organizes a boycott on the sponsors of FIFA, unless changes are made….. I think it may be called sooner rather than later.

  26. Rob says:

    Or even literally….

  27. Eurosnob says:

    Either way, CONCACAF would have lost lots of money.

  28. Guy Gayle says:

    “Of course you realize, this means war.” – Groucho Marx

  29. patrick says:

    i used to look at FIFA messes in africa and Asia and laugh, and now i can only hang my head, the CONCACAF, is now no longer any better than the rest of the corrupt FIFA folks. At this point, all we can hope for is a miracle and that the FA can convince another 152 asociations to vote for an election postponement. Its too bad the there’s no one to step in and make FIFA fix itself like FIFA does to countries associations. They really need to clean house from top to bottom

  30. Rob says:

    Yep…. The US could also remove Concacaf headquarters from US soil. Way too much to lose, for Concacaf

  31. vasco says:

    us soccer needs to leave concacaf.

    time to stand up to these corrupt people

  32. Rob says:

    Its not just Concacaf, it’s FIFA as a whole. Corruption from the top down.

  33. Josh says:

    Totally agreed. Blatter has less-than-zero credibility, and if anything, bin Hammann and Warner are being made scapegoats so the rest of the good ol’ boys club can continue its culture of corruption unabated.

    Simply put, FIFA isn’t accountable to anybody, and despite the fact that everybody knows they’re corrupt, it’s not clear that anything can or will be done about it unless FIFA’s cash-cows (and the US is one of them now) threaten to leave.

  34. This Guy says:

    The guy in the picture is from the US. The Barbados guy is Lisle Austin.

  35. CH says:

    Anybody else think that Grant wahl is kinda regreting dropping out the race. He would have at least gotten a few votes. But seriously i think fifa needs to clean house Bye to blatter, warner blazer & bin hamman and hello to a new regime

  36. Rob says:

    Go after the sponsors, it’s what the little guys can do. I’m talking Visa, Adidas, Coke, Emirates airlines, Hyundai, and McDonalds. Let them know your angry at FIFA and that they should push for reform, or you won’t buy products from them.

  37. Rob says:

    No FA would sponsor him….

  38. glaing says:

    The sponsors pulling out (or threat of)will be the thing that could affect real change

  39. glaing says:

    fear of the Blatter retribution.

  40. Tommy says:

    What a Fluster Cluck. Time to start thinking about a new forming a new International Football Association. FIFA cannot control itself.

  41. Larth Gagerway says:

    Poor Chuck.

    At least he can support his lifestyle by working as an extra Monster on the Muppet Show.

    How is he at the blast through a fake brick wall campaign?

  42. glaing says:

    This whole thing does show why Gulatti made the statement the USSF would vote the way they choose not in a block like Warner said CONCACAF would do.

  43. jtd says:

    So when do we find out that Blatter, out of spite, switches the WC from Qatar to the US? That’s gonna happen, right? Right?

  44. CH says:

    oh you guys are right i forgot about that.

  45. patrick says:

    good point. Obviously everyone knew the votings were a joke, but looking back on it, the comment about voting, and running a clean campaign now looks like a heavy indictment of the CONCACAF voting system. The attempted firing of Blazer only confirms that it will continue even with Warner gone

  46. Go Timbers! says:

    Just look at the picture for longer than 5 seconds and try not to laugh. Oh man, that’s hilarious.

  47. MIdWest Ref says:

    why would Blazer want to be demoted? He is travelling the world as part of the FIFA Executive Committee – albiet as the CONCACAF representative. He would have to take a step down and get his hands dirty with work if he would become the regions president.

  48. MidWest Ref says:

    I thought that was Bugs Bunny.

  49. MidWest Ref says:

    I think that Blazer found out that Warner voted for Qatar instead of the US for 2022. Blazer needed to do something to restore power to the real soccer nations of CONCACAF – Mexico and the US – who right now are overwhelmed by the number of minnow nations of the Carribbean. To do so, he found out how to attack both Warner and Bin Hamman. And he did it in a way to help Blatter, thus protecting himself in the process.

  50. Goat Boy says:

    Bet the US and UK wish they had sponsored Grant Wahl for the race. I think the UK was tempted- they don’t like Blatter, bin Hammam or Platini (Blatter’s assumed successor).

  51. VinceN says:

    just realized that Hagrid aka Chuck Blazer is the fat guy…and black dude sitting next to him is Warner

  52. VinceN says:

    very good points…i’m with you on ur thought process….

    Why is it that the damn Minnows of CONCA-WAK
    are leading the federation instead of somebody from the US, MEX or CANADA?

  53. A wise man once says:

    Hey I’m sure there’s SOMEONE in FIFA that’s not corrupt…..maybe the janitor? :D

  54. JoeW says:

    Oh, FIFA is quite corrupt of course. But frankly, the FA’s (many of them) are even worse. Brasil, Cameroon and most of Africa, Honduras, many of the Middle East FA’s, alot of the Carribbean FA’s–they’re worse than FIFA (just on a smaller scale). Having soccer countries start their own version of FIFA–that’s what FIFA basically is. The Brasilian Top Hats—read what Franklyn Foer has to say about them (in “How Soccer Explains the World”). I’m not trying to make excuses for FIFA, only pointing out how endemic, how inherent this corruption is. If you’re a promising youth player in Nigeria, you bribe the U17 and U20 coach in order to get picked so you have a chance to be seen by foreign scouts and sign a contract with a decent club.

    And this Blazer thing is just appalling. It shows just how bad Concacaf is, that it’s not just Warner, that if you do the right thing you face some serious payback. It will be interesting to see the referee assignments that the USA gets in the Gold Cup.

  55. Green76 says:

    Bill Clinton is behind them so I’m waiting for another shoe (or dress) to drop.

  56. Carlo says:

    The Honduran soccer federation is corrupt, but I doubt it has an effect on the big picture. It hurts the growth of soccer in Honduras more than anything.

  57. Turgid Jacobian says:

    I don’t know if they would in fact be vulnerable–it would depend upon where charges were brought… And if there is anything Chuck likes, it is (subsidized) travel.

  58. Juan from L.A. says:

    Here is this idiot’s facebook if you guys want to make your voice heard and his email address according to CONCACRAPs website…

    link to facebook.com

    LAustinBRB@aol.com

  59. Green76 says:

    “Austin, who is also the Chairman of the CONCACAF Referee Committee…” Strait from the CONCACAF website

  60. Ian in ATL says:

    The dude sitting next to him is Bin Hammam not Warner

  61. Jamie Z. says:

    Unless you’re looking at a different picture from the rest of us, the “black dude” sitting next to Blazer is Bin Hammam, an Arab.

  62. BigProf says:

    which is sad, since it probably siphons off dough that could’ve been used to strenghten those teams and their stadium situations. In other words, Concacaf CL is affected too. Also, i dont give a damn what anyone says about Palin’s politics, the lady is hot. This “Should Sarah Run” ad on SBI is very distracting.

  63. eh says:

    Poor guy sitting next to him has to let Hagrid use up half of his seat.

  64. glaing says:

    That makes my real confident in his abilities. He’s also the head of Department of Redundancy Department

  65. haha says:

    Is that Bill Clinton behind the angry hagrid?

  66. b says:

    Yes, that is actually Bill Clinton sitting behind Blazer and next to Gulati. Remember he was one of the key people involved in our World Cup bid.

    Now what is really strange about this picture is the ghost of Strom Thurmond sitting to the left of Blazer.

  67. ben in el cajon says:

    Find the American steriotype in this picture!

    He’s an homage to Whtiman: “I sound my barbaric yawp.”

  68. ben in el cajon says:

    Oops. Also find the spelling mistakes. Doh.

  69. robert daniels says:

    And what’s that going to do huh? Spark an “independent” investigation that fifa rules as having no merit. The whole things a joke.

  70. cvs says:

    Wow, he and Chuck are friends on FB.

  71. CJ says:

    adidas and FIFA are bound together. Foul by A. Jennings makes it clear that they feed off each other. adidas will never bite the hand that feeds it monopolistic contracts.

  72. b says:

    This whole thing would be hilarious if it wasn’t so depressing.

    The US, Mexico, and Canada need to leave CONCACAF and form a separate North American soccer federation, maybe with a fourth country.

  73. Bottlcaps says:

    Lisle Austin has a whopping 51 friends! And one of them is Blazer!! I wonder how much I’ll have to pay him to be his “friend” LOL.

  74. Brando says:

    If you want to strip the the Carribean nations of their authority (at least somewhat) North and Central America should pull out of concacaf. That’s where all of the money in this region is at anyway.

  75. Allegre says:

    Looking forward to Brasil as my last World Cup travel……Hope others will join and boycott this corrupt society they call FIFA.

  76. jh says:

    FIFA: Looking more and more like a 6th grade student leadership committee every day since 1904.

  77. john.q says:

    jokes man, jokes

  78. JR says:

    Its getting much worse. Interim CONCACAF President Austin has replied via Facebook. Its a scathing attack. Are these guys fighting hallway by hallway with guns or something in a Zurich hotel?

  79. scott says:

    can someone please provide me with a flowchart of all the corruption, this is getting to hard to follow.

  80. JR says:

    Sunil Gulati is a member of the CONCACAF Executive committee.

  81. abc says:

    LINK??

  82. Eurosnob says:

    Four countries is not enough to form a confederation. But perhaps they could form a North-Central American Confederation with US, Mexico, Canada,Honduras, Costa Rica, Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Nicaragua and Belize. But then how will FIFA divide 3.5 CONCACAF spots between CONCACAF and the new confederation?

  83. abc says:

    If it wasn’t before, this is now officially a farce.

  84. bb says:

    Dude the internet selects personal ads for you. A lot of other people will have different ads than you. Apparently you’re a Palin supporter. The more ads of Palin you click on, the more you get. I have a Salvation Army ad on mine right now.
    Ad personalization is nice, when it shows you links to clothing you may like, or tickets to a show/game you wanna go to. But it is getting to be a real problem ’cause it even can even change the google search results you receive. Meaning you won’t be exposed to new ideas, you can basically get isolated in your own internet bubble. Since it’s all done with algorithms now, for youth today it could mean the links they see for a majority of the development stage of life is determined by what they did on the web when they were teenagers or pre teens. Not a pleasant thought.
    Not to be all doomsday, but it can become a problem.

  85. abc says:

    We would get all the World Cup spots and the Caribbean could split .5 spots with Oceania, seeing as neither one matters.

  86. aaronsinger says:

    Why would you insult 6th graders like that?

  87. BlueWhiteLion says:

    i thought Jerry Garcia was dead . . .

  88. aaronsinger says:

    Unless I’m mistaken, that’s someone else making fun of him by posting the press release on facebook. It’s not like it’s Austin’s page or anything.

  89. aaronsinger says:

    Then don’t log in to google when surfing the web.

  90. Didier Deschamps says:

    Jim Tressel to replace Jack Warner!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. JR says:

    It’s a Reuters reporter.

  92. ERic says:

    You clearly haven’t been following Bill Archer’s blogs on BigSoccer. Otherwise you wouldn’t be surprised to find out exactly how corrupt CONCACAF is. Sorry you didn’t know, but it’s been like this for a very long time.

  93. Hopper says:

    I don’t think she’s that hot dude. Ignorance and stupidity are a major turn-off for me.

  94. ga-gone says:

    You come at the king, you’d best not miss.

  95. ALEX G says:

    good one, probably the janitor

  96. trident says:

    Well this is funny I’m from Barbados and I am loving this. First off our national set up is a joke we can’t even beat school children. I lived in Barbados all my life and I have never heard of Lisle Austin. Secondly it pains me to say but Concacaf is what ever North Americans say it is. A man from a small island can’t do it is what I’m seeing from all your comments. There goes the idea that the good old North Americans cherish of democracy and social mobility. I myself mite as well stop trying to achieve. Thirdly Mr Austin and Mr Warner if your going to be corrupt at least let the British West Indies benefit from it. We are terrible at the sport and for all you Americans who take digs at the Caribbean nations I expect no less from you guys. We don’t have tons of money like you we don’t fight wars remember?

  97. solles says:

    If it’s true that Blazer reported these guys, and he becomes the one that finally gets Jack Warner OUT of CONCACAF, then the man instantly becomes a LEGEND in my opinion. Way to go Chuck!

  98. solles says:

    It’s not about where Warner is from, it’s about how downright corrupt he is. No need for the chip.

  99. trident says:

    Honestly I don’t care about the scandal I just don’t want my country to suck. If Austin is corrupt he surely has not used his status to elevate the state of the game on the island its frustrating. Its bad enough we get thumped by everyone now this clown has totally embarrassed us. For those who don’t know my country was recently banned from FIFA and I wondered why. Now it starting to make sense. This guy and Warner will get us (Barbados and Trinidad) expelled from FIFA and that’s not right.

  100. Bobjob says:

    Obviously, you’re not from the South then. ;)

  101. b says:

    Even half of Franz Beckenbauer’s face is visible in that pic.

  102. b says:

    I sense a defriend coming.

  103. Jamie Z. says:

    A+

  104. Johnny2 says:

    Is there any thing that fans can do to support Blazer? What is Blazer’s background? Does he have enought credibility to win this fight?

  105. SwerveZ says:

    Oh that’s a low blow…NCAA will become just as corrupt and crazy as FIFA soon enough. Revolutions everywhere!

  106. Soqu says:

    Staring to look like Goldman Slacks

  107. sandtrout says:

    Oh sh!t. Goodbye confederations cup.

  108. sandtrout says:

    This is a big question for us Americans. Where is our representative, Gulati? He does not seem to be courageous. Let’s hope his timid behavior is at least wise.This is what the NY Times reported he said a couple of days ago.

    “Sunil Gulati, president of the United States Soccer Federation, has been tight-lipped in comments about the FIFA scandals, wanting to keep the United States in the best standing possible in case there is a revote for the World Cup.”

    “He would not comment on a potential revote in an interview last week, referring instead to recent remarks to Sports Illustrated, in which Gulati said, “‘Any of us who participate as bidders or anyone watching this from the outside knows that the process needs to be reviewed and reformed.’ ”

  109. BigProf says:

    i dont have a google account. i look at political sites way more then soccer sites. Thats interestng since i’m not a republican but i do look at drudgereport, a supposed conservative-leaning site. The left-leaning sites like treehugger dont seem to be inundated by advertising, so i’m guessing this algorithm thing skews towards the viewing of sites dominated by advertising. of course, alot of it seems driven by making judgement/predictions about people. I remember renting on amazon a documentary on a gay writer i was studying for some college schoolwork. I think i also rented an episode of “24”, but then recall searching for high cut athletic briefs since i was getting into some advanced yoga and its best to be unencumbered when putting your leg behind your head. anyway, so for some time after that i would always see these super gay underwear whenever i would go to amazon to research some book. totally embarassing if i was bringing up that page at the library.

  110. Scott A says:

    World soccer is run by certifiable morons. Things must change.

  111. The Atomizer says:

    Look…whatever you do on your own time is your own business. Nobody’s judging you because you watch gay movies and wear tight shiny underwear. Whatever you like is fine, dude!

  112. The Atomizer says:

    I’m Chuck Blazer it is.

  113. JoeW says:

    Doesn’t fix anything. If you asked me to name the most corrupt FA’s in CONCACAF, I’d put a couple of the Central American ones at the top. Canada doesn’t strike me as particularly corrupt but definitely incompetent. Our focus is on FIFA b/c they’re the visible ones. But corruption at the level (and that’s the organization that decides who represents them at FIFA–the organizational level that decides MBH goes to FIFA or Jack Warner represents Concacaf).

  114. shane says:

    Kiss the Gold Cup goodbye for the USA.

  115. NC Jeff says:

    FIFA could go the way of the dodo IF most all leading soccer federations (England, France, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, etc.), along with a significant number of “lesser” federations (USA, Belgium, Norway, etc.) break away and form their own “FIFA”. If they did that, the rest of the world (Barbados, Tahiti, Seychelles, etc.) would have to either join or just not be a part of the new elite global sanctioning body. It would also allow for some VERY much needed reform to the game itself.

  116. DC Josh says:

    I’ve been on the edge of my seat the last few days following this debacle at FIFA and CONCACAF. Like a James Patterson thriller, I just can’t get enough.

  117. Hood Rich says:

    What people have always suspected, corruption in FIFA, is finally coming to light.

    This is what happens when you have non-soccer people governing the game. Hello USSF??!?!? Other than Platini, how many of these people actually played the game at the highest level ?

    Since these people arent’ really there to advance the sport, but rather self-preservation.

    They probably can’t get a job in the real world to support their family.

  118. jh says:

    Haha, well done…

  119. FCBeast says:

    He ran under the Bribes Are Too Damn High Party.

  120. Mark Hughes says:

    Oh really??? like Chuck Blazer’s NOT corrupt? Just look at the man for god’s sakes! How can any self respecting American want this creepy slob representigus is beyond me… and scary. He makes Gaddafi look OK!

  121. inkedAG says:

    This corruption business is becoming laughable at this point.

  122. Rob says:

    Wow let’s judge a guy based on his looks…… 1940’s Germany is that way —->

  123. vinceN says:

    she is cute, but she is dumb as rocks

  124. VinceN says:

    my bad…couldn’t recognize bin HAMMAN without his white robe thingy on…

  125. VinceN says:

    give the .5 to CONCAWAC…the teams you just listed are the only ones to ever make the world cup…also include Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

  126. VinceN says:

    i don’t have facebook…somebody please copy and paste the remarks made by Austin…thanks

  127. VinceN says:

    NEW FOOTBALL WORLD ORDER

  128. Me says:

    To bad the janitor isn’t corrupt. It would make it easier to gain access to the building at night and find more evidence of corruption.

  129. PPH Services says:

    ugh…I didnt even know FIFA and CONCACAF could be this bad