“[…] Based on the meeting, the TTFA must advise that its members have agreed to abide with the conditions of the normalisation committee and will co-operate fully to ensure that the mandate of the committee is realised.
“In addition, let me take this opportunity to humbly apologise to you, the other members of the normalisation committee, Fifa, Concacaf and CFU for any embarrassment and inconvenience caused by TTFA representatives over the last year…”
The following statement, described as a ‘letter of acquiescence’, was submitted to Fifa-appointed normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad today on behalf of the TTFA membership by Richard Ferguson BA, FCCA, CA, MBA:
I, Richard A Ferguson, hereby submit the following to you on behalf of the members of the TTFA.
On Sunday 25 October 2020, the members of the TTFA attended an extra-ordinary general meeting which was called by the board on 15 October 2020, scheduled to start at 9.00am. A quorum was achieved at 9.18am with 24 accredited delegates present.
The TTFA members proceeded to elect me to chair the meeting in the absence of the officers of the TTFA. The lone agenda item for the meeting was: ‘The way forward—Fifa suspension’.
Attendance at the meeting was as follows:
- 38 delegates
- 16 observers
The following motion was tabled by Mr Osmond Downer, one of the delegates of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA):
“Be it resolved that, in view of the precarious position that the TTFA now finds itself, this extra-ordinary General meeting of the TTFA decides that the way forward for the TTFA is:
- for the TTFA to fully comply with its obligation as a member of Fifa, recognising the legitimacy of the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee, and;
- bringing its own statutes in line with the Fifa Statutes, and;
- to fully cooperate with the normalisation committee in the fulfilment of its mandate as stated in Fifa’s letter of 17 March 2020.
“Be it further resolved that all court matters existing between the TTFA and Fifa shall be immediately brought to a stop.”
The motion was seconded by Keith Jeffrey of Central FC.
The vote by the delegates on the motion resulted as follows:
- 33 delegates in favour
- 2 delegates abstained
- 3 delegates did not respond, when called upon.
It should be noted that the members overwhelmingly accepted the motion. A copy of the minutes of said meeting is attached for your reference.
Based on the meeting, the TTFA must advise that its members have agreed to abide with the conditions of the normalisation committee and will co-operate fully to ensure that the mandate of the committee is realised.
In addition, let me take this opportunity to humbly apologise to you, the other members of the normalisation committee, Fifa, Concacaf and CFU for any embarrassment and inconvenience caused by TTFA representatives over the last year.
I also hope that a strong positive relationship can be re-established as we move forward for the betterment of football in Trinidad and Tobago. This information is conveyed to you for relay to Fifa, at your earliest convenience.
Thanking you for your attention and co-operation in this matter and should you require any additional information please feel free to contact the undersigned at your convenience.
Editor’s Note: Fifa-appointed normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad acknowledged receipt of Richard Ferguson’s letter and minutes for the TTFA EGM on 26 October and said the matter will be discussed shortly with Fifa and Concacaf.