Bahamas provisional court injunction favors Austin

A Bahamian court on Friday granted a provisional injunction restraining CONCACAF’S executive committee from interfering with Lisle Austin in his role as acting president of CONCACAF.

Austin, who has been banned from all soccer-related activities worldwide for his role in the bribery scandal involving former CONCACAF president — and Austin's patron — Jack Warner, has refused to comply with the bans handed down by the executive committees of both CONCACAF and FIFA.

“I am gratified but not surprised by today’s order," Austin said in a statement on Friday. "I have stood firm in my belief that I rightfully succeeded to the acting presidency of CONCACAF and today’s order affirms my belief. My efforts to lead the federation into a new era begin again today. The rogue faction attacking CONCACAF from within cannot interfere with our love of this sport and our pursuit of reform and transparency.”

Bahamas FA president Anton Sealy had reported both Warner and AFC president Mohammad bin Hammam for bribery attempts at a meeting of the CFU early last month.