“[…] I imagine the people who support Fifa’s intervention, in the face of a High Court ruling, would give this advice to their children: ‘When you’re accepting payment from someone, abuse is justified’…”
The following Letter to the Editor on Fifa’s takeover of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) was submitted by Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-15 Team and Presentation College (San Fernando) goalkeeper coach, Jefferson George:
So in the era of #BlackLivesMatter and the outcry for social justice, must we accept Fifa pushing a knife down our throats once they are also putting a few sweets into our pockets?
I imagine the people who support Fifa’s intervention, in the face of a High Court ruling, would give this advice to their children: ‘When you’re accepting payment from someone, abuse is justified’.
I encourage everyone interested in the Trinidad and Tobago football fraternity to read Judge Carol Gobin’s ruling and examine her judgement against Fifa. Regardless of our personal feelings about the individuals involved, the world’s governing body obviously does not apply its ‘fair play’ mantra to its own operations.
We love invoking Rosa Parks and her stance—or more literally sit-in—against segregation without recognising the personal consequences she endured in doing so. Freedom and liberty always comes with a high price because those who benefit from maintaining the status quo will fight to keep it in place.
So it is evident, if the efforts against injustice is weaker than the unjust systems themselves, then those systems will all remain in place—doling out crumbs to give the appearance of benevolence, while becoming fat off of the work of its participants.
Are you willing to pay the price for justice, T&T?