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Hadad urges ‘previous administration’ to act for T&T’s benefit, a day after locking out national coaches

“Fifa has been clear from the day of the appointment of the normalisation committee, and on several occasions since, that the committee alone has the mandate to run and manage the affairs of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

“[…] Additionally, it makes clear the potentially devastating consequences for football in Trinidad and Tobago if members of the previous administration do not withdraw their claim in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court by 16 September 2020…”

The following is a letter from normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad, which addresses a dispatch from Fifa today—but not his office staff’s decision to lock unpaid national football coaches out of the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva yesterday:

Photo: Robert Hadad is co-CEO of Hadco and board member at the International School in POS.
Hadad was appointed head of Fifa’s normalisation committee in Trinidad and Tobago on 27 March 2020.
(Copyright Gary Jordan Photography ©2017)

Fifa has been clear from the day of the appointment of the normalisation committee, and on several occasions since, that the committee alone has the mandate to run and manage the affairs of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Fifa’s letter, received today, reaffirms this position. Additionally, it makes clear the potentially devastating consequences for football in Trinidad and Tobago if members of the previous administration do not withdraw their claim in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court by 16 September 2020.

Members of the previous administration know very well that Fifa statutes require all Fifa Member Associations to manage disputes through the Court of Arbitration for Sport. And members of the previous administration also know very well the consequences for any Member which disregards that key requirement for Fifa membership.

Ultimately, our teams and their coaches and players, and of course our fans, are the most important thing for the future of football in our country.

Photo: National football coaches were denied access to the Ato Boldon Stadium on 25 August 2020 to deliver their appointment letters for normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad.
(Copyright Ghansham Mohammed/GhanShyam Photography/Wired868)

Respectfully,

Robert Hadad

Chairperson of the normalisation committee

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2 comments

  1. Earl Best

    Mr Hadad, the people who need to hear from you are THE teams and their coaches—‘players’ and ‘teams’ are different only in your business-oriented mind—and, of course, THE fans. In that order.

    If you think I am challenging your right to refer to our teams and our fans, I congratulate you on your perspicacity. But I want to spell this out just in case: if you have nothing to say to OUR teams and their coaches, you better believe you have nothing to say to us fans.

    Except perhaps “Goodbye” or “No mas”?

  2. Has hadad ever played football before?