“The decision of the former leadership to go to a local court to contest the appointment of the normalisation committee jeopardizes not only the future of football in Trinidad and Tobago but also endangers the overall global football governance structure.”
(CMR) It was announced yesterday that the Bureau of the FIFA Council today suspended the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) with immediate effect due to grave violations of the FIFA Statutes. The cash strapped association has an ongoing dispute with FIFA dating aback to March after its executive was dissolved by the world governing body.
The Council is claiming that TTFA has engaged in”serious mismanagement” and the decision was finalized after the former leader of the organization decided to take the matter to court. Apparently, that decision is a direct breach of Article 59 of the FIFA Statutes “which expressly prohibits recourse to ordinary courts unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations.”
After the former leadership was removed the FIFA Council appointed a normalization committee and now FIFA has found that this fundamentally puts the future of football in T&T at risk. Under FIFA rules the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is considered the exclusive dispute resolution option.
FIFA said they gave a Sept. 16 deadline to withdraw the case which was extended to Sept. 23 before the decision was taken to suspend the TTFA.
In a statement featured shared that:
“This suspension will only be lifted when the TTFA fully complies with its obligations as a member of FIFA, including recognising the legitimacy of the appointed normalisation committee and bringing its own statutes into line with the FIFA Statutes.”
Trinidad and Tobago are scheduled to play Guyana in their next competitive fixture on Oct. 8, the start of their qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.