Trinidad Football Association continues legal action against FIFA

Lawyers representing the United Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) announced plans on Friday to pursue legal action against the International Football Federation (FIFA), less than 24 hours after the Zurich-based organization suspended the team local.

On Thursday, the Bureau of the FIFA Council suspended the TTFA with immediate effect over what it described as “serious breaches” of the FIFA Statutes.

In a statement, the world governing body said that “the suspension was prompted by the former TTFA leader who filed a lawsuit in a local court in Trinidad and Tobago challenging the Council’s decision. FIFA to appoint a normalization committee for the TTFA.

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“This course of action was in direct violation of Article 59 of the FIFA Statutes, which expressly prohibits recourse to the ordinary courts, except as expressly provided in the FIFA regulations.”

But on Friday lawyers Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Crystal Paul and Jason Jones filed a notice of withdrawal of his application for leave to withdraw his application which is expected to be heard before Judge Carol Gobin in October.

“Take note that Plaintiff withdraws and discontinues the Notice of Application for Leave to Withdraw Application, Draft Order and Affidavit of William Wallace in support of said Application dated and filed September 23, 2020”, says the request, which was signed by Wallace, the president of the TTFA.

The TTFA had earlier missed by several minutes the deadline set by FIFA to withdraw the complaint which challenges FIFA’s decision to appoint a normalization committee in March to oversee local football affairs.

Wallace, in Wednesday’s first request, said he was hesitant to agree to withdraw the legal case against FIFA because the world football body will continue to have its way with Trinidad and Tobago football.

FIFA has set up a normalization committee after it was “established that the former TTFA leader engaged in various acts of serious mismanagement”, the FIFA statement said.

“The former management’s decision to take the appointment of the normalization committee to a local court challenges not only the future of football in Trinidad and Tobago, but also jeopardizes the overall governance structure of football. Global, which relies on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as the exclusive forum to resolve disputes of this nature.”

The statement said that “the parties involved initially had until September 16 to withdraw the case, but did not do so. This deadline was then extended until September 23, which was also missed.

“Under these circumstances, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to suspend the TTFA,” FIFA said, adding that “this suspension will only be lifted when the TTFA fully complies with its obligations as a member of FIFA. , including recognizing the legitimacy of the appointed normalization committee and aligning its own statutes with the FIFA Statutes”.

“The FIFA-appointed normalization committee is the only way forward and is the only body recognized by FIFA and the football family must work with us so that we can do everything we can to get this suspension lifted,” added the press release.


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