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On Oc­to­ber 25, the mem­ber­ship of foot­ball in T&T will de­cide on the way for­ward for the sport, com­ing on the heels of the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s (TTFA) tri­umph in the court, and a FI­FA sus­pen­sion that has caused ten­sion among the foot­ball fra­ter­ni­ty

On Oc­to­ber 25, the mem­ber­ship of foot­ball in T&T will de­cide on the way for­ward for the sport, com­ing on the heels of the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s (TTFA) tri­umph in the court, and a FI­FA sus­pen­sion that has caused ten­sion among the foot­ball fra­ter­ni­ty.

Fol­low­ing on a promise by TTFA pres­i­dent William Wal­lace, a let­ter was sent out to the mem­ber­ship for an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­er­al Meet­ing (EGM) that will have on the agen­da, “The way For­ward- FI­FA Sus­pen­sion”.

Kei­th Look Loy, the out­spo­ken TTFA mem­ber who re­signed on Fri­day, said the mem­ber­ship “will be faced with choic­es: to sup­port the Wal­lace ad­min­is­tra­tion in its oth­er le­gal bat­tles (in the Ap­peal Court and in CAS): to call on Wal­lace to end the le­gal cam­paign: to call on him and the of­fi­cers to re­sign or seek to re­move them; to call on the gov­ern­ment to amend Act 10 of 1982 to al­low for FI­FA in­ter­ven­tion in TTFA gov­er­nance; and to call on FI­FA to en­ter T&T to ex­ert con­trol over TTFA“.

How­ev­er, Kieron Ed­wards, pres­i­dent of the East­ern Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (EFA) of T&T, in an im­me­di­ate re­sponse, called for there to be ad­di­tions to the agen­da, name­ly: the re­moval of the cur­rent TTFA ex­ec­u­tive which in­cludes the pres­i­dents and all the vice pres­i­dents, and the im­me­di­ate in­stal­la­tion of the FI­FA-ap­point­ed Nor­mal­i­sa­tion Com­mit­tee to be the new ex­ec­u­tive.

To jus­ti­fy his claim, Ed­wards, the ini­tia­tor of a pe­ti­tion that was de­signed to force the TTFA to drop the court mat­ter against the FI­FA a cou­ple of months ago, out­lined 11 rea­sons for his claim, in­clud­ing the fact that un­der the Unit­ed TTFA, the coun­try was sus­pend­ed for the first time in its his­to­ry.

Fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion on Re­pub­lic Day, the FI­FA is­sued a con­di­tion to which the TTFA can re­gain en­try in­to foot­ball’s world mem­ber­ship and it in­cludes – align­ing its Statutes with that of the FI­FA and to­tal­ly drop­ping all court-re­lat­ed mat­ters in­volv­ing the FI­FA.

Up­on the sus­pen­sion, the Unit­ed TTFA in­struct­ed their at­tor­neys to re­sume the court bat­tle for lead­er­ship of TT foot­ball, chal­lenge the sus­pen­sion in the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sports (CAS) and fil­ing an In­junc­tive Re­lief in the CAS. Since that on Sep­tem­ber 25, the TTFA was giv­en a date of De­cem­ber 18 to meet the FI­FA cri­te­ria if the sus­pen­sion has to be lift­ed.

Ed­wards be­lieves his call for the re­turn of the nor­mal­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee, which was head­ed by busi­ness­man Robert Hadad, as well as the re­moval of the Wal­lace-led ex­ec­u­tive, will help achieve this.

Among the 11 rea­sons to jus­ti­fy Ed­wards’ claim, are:

JUS­TI­FI­CA­TIONS:

1. On Sep­tem­ber 24, 2020 (TTFA) has been sus­pend­ed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and un­til fur­ther no­tice by FI­FA. Con­se­quent­ly, the TTFA los­es all its mem­ber­ship right with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. TTFA rep­re­sen­ta­tives and club teams are there­fore no longer en­ti­tled to take part in in­ter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions un­til the sus­pen­sion is lift­ed. This al­so means that, as of Sep­tem­ber 24, 2020, nei­ther the TTFA nor any of its mem­bers or of­fi­cials may ben­e­fit from any de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, cours­es or train­ing from FI­FA or the Con­fed­er­a­tion of North, Cen­tral Amer­i­ca and Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball (CON­CA­CAF). This sus­pen­sion was a re­sult of Mr William Wal­lace in­sti­tut­ing le­gal ac­tion against FI­FA when the agreed pro­ce­dure was to take the mat­ter to CAS. This ac­tion al­so con­tra­venes Ar­ti­cle 15 part b of the TTFA con­sti­tu­tion:

2. The pres­i­dent and his as­so­ciates known as the Unit­ed TTFA elect­ed to take this ac­tion with­out seek­ing the ap­proval of the board of di­rec­tors or the mem­bers of TTFA and the ac­tion re­sult­ed in the sus­pen­sion of TTFA and by ex­ten­sion T&T. The TTFA con­sti­tu­tion states: “Ar­ti­cle1 Name, head­quar­ters, le­gal form one, the na­tion­al foot­ball fed­er­a­tion of the Re­pub­lic of T&T shall be called the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (TTFA). TTFA is a pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tion of an as­so­cia­tive na­ture in com­pli­ance with the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion of the Re­pub­lic of T&T and in­cor­po­rat­ed by Act of Par­lia­ment (#17 of 1982). It is formed for an un­lim­it­ed pe­ri­od. 2 Its head­quar­ters is lo­cat­ed in Port-of-Spain:

3. TTFA is a mem­ber of FI­FA, CON­CA­CAF and CFU. There­fore Mr Wal­lace and his as­so­ciates known as the Unit­ed TTFA has per­pet­u­at­ed the ex­pul­sion of the TTFA from FI­FA through the vi­o­la­tions of FI­FA statutes and as such he as pres­i­dent has not up­held the con­sti­tu­tion of TTFA and he should be re­moved:

4. FI­FA has stip­u­lat­ed that the sus­pen­sion of TTFA would on­ly be re­moved if the cur­rent court case is with­drawn, the Nor­mal­i­sa­tion Com­mit­ted is recog­nised as the le­git­i­mate ex­ec­u­tive of TTFA and the cur­rent TTFA con­sti­tu­tion is amend­ed to agree with the FI­FA con­sti­tu­tion. There­fore, for the sus­pen­sion to be lift­ed the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive must be re­moved and the Nor­mal­i­sa­tion Com­mit­tee ap­point­ed as the new Ex­ec­u­tive of TTFA:

5. The TTFA con­sti­tu­tion sites the rea­sons for the ex­pul­sion of a TTFA mem­ber. Ar­ti­cle 15 states: “Ex­pul­sion 1 The gen­er­al meet­ing may ex­pel a Mem­ber if: a) ful­fil to ful­fill its fi­nan­cial oblig­a­tions to­wards TTFA; b) it se­ri­ous­ly vi­o­lates the Statutes, reg­u­la­tions, di­rec­tives or de­ci­sions of FI­FA, CON­CA­CAF, CFU and TTFA; c) it brings a dis­pute to an Or­di­nary Court, ex­cept in cas­es where the FI­FA, CON­CA­CAF or TTFA reg­u­la­tions or bind­ing le­gal pro­vi­sions specif­i­cal­ly pro­vide for or stip­u­late re­course to Or­di­nary Courts; 2 The pres­ence of a ma­jor­i­ty (more than 50 per cent) of the mem­bers el­i­gi­ble to vote is nec­es­sary for an ex­pul­sion to be valid, and the mo­tion for ex­pul­sion must be adopt­ed by a three-quar­ter ma­jor­i­ty of the valid votes cast.” There­fore Mr Wal­lace and his as­so­ciates known as the Unit­ed TTFA are clear­ly in con­tra­ven­tion of the TTFA con­sti­tu­tion Ar­ti­cle 15 parts b and c and can be ex­pelled un­der these sec­tions. 3:

(6) Mr Wal­lace has ad­mit­ted freely in the press that he has signed mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar con­tracts in ex­cess of amounts ap­proved by of the board of di­rec­tors. He al­so ad­mit­ted sign­ing con­tracts that he specif­i­cal­ly hid from the TTFA board Of Di­rec­tors and this is clear­ly in­com­pe­tence on the part of the pres­i­dent and he should be re­moved ac­cord­ing­ly:

(7) With­out the fund­ing from FI­FA, foot­ball in T&T would be great­ly re­tard­ed with FI­FA nor­mal­ly fund­ing T&T na­tion­al teams in in­ter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions. In ad­di­tion, the gov­ern­ment of T&T has al­so stat­ed that if TTFA is sus­pend­ed they would al­so with­draw their fi­nan­cial sup­port for TTFA and lo­cal foot­ball. There­fore, TTFA can­not ad­min­is­ter foot­ball in T&T with­out the fi­nan­cial sup­port of FI­FA and the gov­ern­ment of T&T:

(8) If the sus­pen­sion by FI­FA is not lift­ed then T&T would be un­able to com­pete in the Gold Cup, World Cup and all oth­er in­ter­na­tion­al foot­ball tour­na­ments. In ad­di­tion, our ref­er­ees would be un­able to of­fi­ci­ate in in­ter­na­tion­al tour­na­ments:

(9) The pres­i­dent and his as­so­ciates known as the Unit­ed TTFA have bla­tant­ly ig­nored the wish­es of the mem­bers of TTFA as a sig­nif­i­cant ma­jor­i­ty of mem­bers have com­mu­ni­cat­ed in­for­mal­ly with him to cease the court ac­tion and he has re­fused to do so:

(10) The Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Sports have al­so tried to per­suade Mr Wal­lace and his as­so­ciates known as the Unit­ed TTFA to cease their court ac­tion and to com­ply with the re­quests of FI­FA but here too they have ig­nored the high­est au­thor­i­ty in T&T and so they must be re­moved in or­der for foot­ball to sur­vive in our twin-is­land state:

(11) Mr Wal­lace has al­so failed to ex­er­cise his du­ties as pres­i­dent. Ar­ti­cle 39 of the TTFA con­sti­tu­tion states that the du­ties of the pres­i­dent are as fol­lows: “Pres­i­dent 1 – The pres­i­dent rep­re­sents TTFA legal­ly.

Adolfo Ledo