“The elected officers of TTFA advises the public that we will oppose Fifa’s injustice at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“[…] The expense of this legal challenge is a tremendous obstacle but we are determined to fight for what is right, to defend democracy and the sovereign right of our people to determine our own affairs.”
The following is a press statement by Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace, which signals the intention of its elected officers to resist a Fifa normalisation committee through the Court of Arbitration for Sport:
The legitimately elected officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, democratically elected by the electorate in the presence of both Fifa and Concacaf officials on 24 November 2019, wish to assure the people of our beloved country of our continuing rejection of Fifa’s unwarranted and illegal intervention into football in Trinidad and Tobago.
Fifa’s injustice is made all the more transparent by the fact that it failed, consistently, to intervene against the John-Williams administration that operated and generated massive debt for four years—with Fifa’s knowledge and supervision through their annual audit.
It is ironic that after we assumed office and generated a report which pointed out the absence of any financial internal structures, that the report was sent back verbatim as one of the two reasons given for Fifa’s action.
Moreover, based on recent information we are aware that Fifa’s intervention was premeditated and the implementation of this action commenced since we won the elections.
The elected officers of TTFA advises the public that we will oppose Fifa’s injustice at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. We need to be heard and that right is enshrined in the Fifa statutes that govern all Member Associations.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable; every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle.
The expense of this legal challenge is a tremendous obstacle but we are determined to fight for what is right, to defend democracy and the sovereign right of our people to determine our own affairs.
To that end, we have created a ‘go fund me’ campaign and are calling on all patriots to contribute to our national cause as generously as they can. Please visit (https://www.gofundme.com/f/TTFA-Fights)