“[…] This pattern of behaviour is unacceptable. It is unilateral. It exceeds the constitutional limits to the president’s authority.
“It is deceptive and deeply disappointing. And it replicates the performance of former president David John-Williams…”
The following press statement on the actions of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace—in the wake of recent scandals—was issued today by United TTFA members, Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Joseph Sam Phillip, Anthony Harford and Keith Look Loy:
In recent days regional broadcaster Sportsmax raised the issue of Terry Fenwick’s contract as TTFA’s Senior Men’s National Team coach—specifically, the content, duration and TTFA Board approval of said contract.
We have stated for the public record that we were not aware of the content of, nor did the TTFA Board approve said contract, which varied significantly from what it had in fact approved.
Last night, Monday 15 June, SportsMax raised the issue of Ramesh Ramdhan’s contract as TTFA general secretary—specifically the fact that it was two years in duration, while the TTFA Board had approved a one-year appointment.
We were unaware of this and immediately contacted Ramesh Ramdhan via WhatsApp text to enquire about the veracity of SportsMax’s claim. Ramdhan confirmed that he does, indeed, hold a two-year agreement signed by president William Wallace.
We are confronted by the fact of TTFA president Wallace’s signature on three contracts which the TTFA Board did not approve:
- Avec uniforms, for which the Board criticised him but accepted his apology and assurance that such action would not be repeated. The contract was presented to the Board after the fact;
- Terry Fenwick’s;
- Ramesh Ramdhan’s.
This pattern of behaviour is unacceptable. It is unilateral. It exceeds the constitutional limits to the president’s authority.
It is deceptive and deeply disappointing. And it replicates the performance of former president David John-Williams.
As members of United TTFA, we brought John-Williams’ reign to an end in the last TTFA election on the promise of democracy, transparency and accountability.
We stand by the principles of national sovereignty and the right of TTFA’s membership to elect and remove officers, which is the premise of United TTFA’s High Court action. But we also believe Wallace no longer holds the moral high ground.
We are determined to continue the case because we reject FIFA’s belief that it could remove a democratically elected administration. That said, we have determined to immediately call a virtual general meeting of TTFA’s membership (via zoom), on Saturday 20 June at 2pm.
The purpose of this meeting will be to allow the members the opportunity to speak on all of the above, as well as the overall tenure of the Wallace administration.
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read response from TTFA president William Wallace.