“[…] Within recent times it has become clear to me, that we are also fighting against those that we represent: the associations, the clubs, the teams, supporters and, sadly, the players.
“[…] How and why these papers were filed after the 3pm deadline is beyond me, and I am saddened and disappointed at the turn of events…”
The following is a letter of resignation from Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president Susan Joseph-Warrick, in the wake of Fifa’s suspension of the TTFA:
I wish to advise of my resignation from the United TTFA, Trinidad and Tobago Women’s League Football (TT WoLF) and my elected post of second vice-president of the TTFA.
Today I look back to almost two years ago, when I became a TTFA Board member and decided to fight for accountability, honesty and good governance; to fight for our young women who were always a footnote, to fight for the development of football.
That was against the previous administration that had sunk our football into depths of despair. We won that fight.
Six months ago, a new bigger battle emerged. This time against Fifa—the rulers of world football. This was a fight for principle and justice, and I felt we were well supported in our actions by the football lovers in Trinidad and Tobago.
Within recent times it has become clear to me, that we are also fighting against those that we represent: the associations, the clubs, the teams, supporters and, sadly, the players.
In my heart, I felt hurt by the actions of Fifa. There was so much to do, but so little time given. We were making huge strides, and yes we made some mistakes.
I believe that the end must justify the means and that our present course of actions against Fifa would not redound to the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago and to the dreams and aspirations of our present and future generations of footballers.
Having consulted with our membership, we took the decision to give up our principled struggle for the future of Trinidad and Tobago Football and moved for the withdrawal of court proceedings against Fifa.
How and why these papers were filed after the 3pm deadline is beyond me, and I am saddened and disappointed at the turn of events.
Hopefully, this suspension will be short lived as the membership, executive and normalisation committee do what is beneficial for our future generations of players, clubs, coach and administrators.
As for me, I am done.