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‘Let’s share our views…’ TTFA president invites delegates to meeting on eve of Fifa decision

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president William Wallace has invited delegates of the local football body to an online meeting, on the eve of Fifa’s deadline to withdraw its case from the High Court.

The summons was issued yesterday, via email, and the agenda read simply: ‘TTFA v FIFA case’.

Photo: TTFA president William Wallace poses during a staff photoshoot on 9 January 2020.
(via Allan V Crane/TTFA Media/CA-images)

The 7pm meeting of the general membership is an informal one, since it was not called within the timeframe necessary under the constitution to be deemed an extraordinary general meeting. All the same, the implications of it are significant.

Ironically, it will be the first time that Wallace meets the TTFA’s delegates since his election on 24 November 2019. More relevant, it represents his first discussion with stakeholders following the Bureau of the Fifa Council’s decision to replace him and his board with a Fifa-appointed normalisation committee on 17 March 2020—an intervention that Wallace challenged, so far successfully, in court.

“Over the last few months the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and football here and worldwide has been challenged,” stated Wallace, in his letter to members, “first with the unexpected pandemic Covid-19 and here in Trinidad and Tobago [with] the imposition of the normalisation committee on the TTFA by Fifa.”

Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura vowed to implement proceedings against the TTFA if the case is not withdrawn, which is likely to mean international suspension via Infantino’s seven member Bureau or emergency committee.

Tonight, the TTFA’s member delegates will get a chance to share their views.

Photo: Fifa president Gianni Infantino (left) and secretary general Fatma Samoura.

“The meeting would be hosted by the president and elected officers of the TTFA, members are asked to join the meeting with their video and volume on,” stated Wallace. “Only members on the list of delegates would be allowed into the meeting and we ask all to be respectful to the chair and the meeting as we discuss the business of the association.

“We look forward to having you and trust to see you soon.”

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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