Potential Fifa vice-president banned from football

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The power struggle to take over the FIFA vice-presidency vacated by Jack Warner has taken another twist after the world governing body announced today they have again banned Lisle Austin from football-related activities.

Austin went to court in the Bahamas last week to try to force through his appointment as successor to Jack Warner as president of the CONCACAF confederation of countries from north and central America and the Caribbean - a position which includes being a FIFA vice-president.

Austin, from Barbados, had been banned by CONCACAF and FIFA but the 75-year-old, a long-time ally of Warner's, emerged from the court claiming victory.

Now however FIFA's disciplinary committee have taken further action against him - specifically for his decision to go to the civil courts rather than the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

FIFA's statutes say "recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations".

A FIFA spokesman told Press Association Sport: "We can confirm that he has been provisionally suspended by the disciplinary committee on Monday for lodging a claim in front of the State Court of Bahamas."

Warner announced last month he was quitting football after being provisionally suspended by FIFA on bribery charges.

Alfredo Hawitt from Honduras has assumed the role of acting president of CONCACAF.