In respect of the current standoff between the TTFA (Trinidad and Tobago Football Association) and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), Lennox Francis (Saturday Express, Page 14) posits that “there is no reason why the stakeholders cannot meet and chart a new course”.

In fact, the very rule that is being used to threaten TTFA provides for such dialogue before the establishment of the normalisation committee; to wit FIFA, “in consultation with the local confederation”, shall establish a normalisation committee.

Where is the evidence of such consultation, or for that matter, information as to FIFA’s decision? Is FIFA allowed to simply override the local body, especially after so many years of accruing debt by previous administrations?

Had there been prior attempts to regula­rise TTFA operations without success, FIFA’s threat of sanctions would have made sense. In the absence of that, its attempt to unseat the existing administration has the aura of a cover-up.

Worldwide, democracy requires that action is preceded by a presentation of evidence and defence, and a ruling arrived at by a decision of a jury of one’s peers.

There is no evidence of such procedure having been followed, and TTFA cannot be expected to condone such breach by FIFA of its own statutes.

Karan Mahabirsingh

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