PRIME MINISTER Dr Keith Rowley yesterday reacted to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s High Court win against the sport’s world governing body, FIFA, describing it as a “pyrrhic victory”.
On Tuesday evening, Justice Carol Gobin ruled in favour of the United TTFA group, stating FIFA had acted unlawfully when it disbanded the William Wallace-led TTFA executive and replaced it with a normalisation committee in March.
Next Monday, the Appeal Court will hear a challenge filed by FIFA against one of Justice Gobin’s preliminary rulings in the claim, in which she held that the High Court was the proper forum for the dispute to be heard and determined.
If the Appeal Court rules in FIFA’s favour, Justice Gobin’s ruling would then be quashed.
Playing by ourselves
But in a Facebook post, the Prime Minister compared the TTFA’s win to the story of the Greek king Pyrrhus.
“‘Another such victory and we shall be utterly ruined,’ Pyrrhus, King of Epirus, 2,000 years ago,” Rowley stated. “Thank God I was taught some Greek history and Latin at Bishops High School, otherwise I would have never been able to understand that adventure. I think we all now need to study the 2,000-year events of the Pyrrhic wars to figure out how it all might end.”
A pyrrhic victory is one that is offset by devastating losses.
The post added that Rome still stands despite Pyrrhus’ victory.
“Success that comes at such a high price and at other people’s expense sometimes results in the price of the ‘victory’ proving too costly to have been worth it. In that case what happens when the powerful king wins the battle but the thousands of subjects lose,” the Prime Minister stated.
He added: “So now United TTFA has ‘won’ and FIFA has lost. The matter is settled in local court. We are now free of the ‘colonial’ FIFA. We, boys and girls, men and women, are free to play by ourselves and against ourselves because nobody will be allowed to play with or against us.”
He concluded: “Oh. That’s it! I finally understand it. That means we can never lose and will always win because we will only be playing by ourselves. Brilliant!”