Chuck Blazer Fired By Acting CONCACAF President

Chuck Blazer's reward for doing the seemingly ethical thing and compiling evidence of bribery to send to FIFA is a firing. Acting CONCACAF president Lisle Austin announced that he had fired Blazer as general secretary of the confederation for what he termed, ''inexcusable and a gross misconduct of duty and judgment." Whether or not Austin has the authority to fire Blazer is unclear.

Blazer's bribery allegations led to Mohamed bin Hammam, Jack Warner and two members of the Caribbean Football Union all being provisionally suspended from all football-related activities. The suspension ruled out bin Hammam for running for FIFA president, as he intended to, and also led to Warner not being able to continue with his post as CONCACAF president. With Warner out, Austin has stepped in and acted as president.

The question is whether or not Austin can fire Blazer. He is only acting president of the confederation and Blazer is a member of FIFA's executive committee. FIFA president Sepp Blatter and FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke have been made aware of the firing, but have not commented on it.

Austin deemed Blazer unfit to be the confederation's general secretary for his allegations. Blazer's whistle-blowing included a package sent to FIFA that included signed affidavits and photographic evidence of the bribery. Apparently the only ethics-related actions deemed punishable within world football nowadays are those with morals.

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