David John-Williams has threatened to sue Guardian Media Limited and its reporter Mark Bassant.
The former Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president yesterday issued a press release in which he threatened legal action and also promised to clear himself of allegations made in a CNC3 documentary. The W Connection Football Club owner defended himself and stated that accusations made in Bassant’s report were false.
“Over the past few days, Guardian Media Limited (GML) has published several articles in its Guardian Newspaper and has carried several news stories on its television station, CNC 3, all created by Mr Mark Bassant, and in the course of which allegations of wrongdoing have been levelled against me in connection with the construction of the TTFA’s Home of Football during my tenure as TTFA president. All of the allegations made against me are false,” John-Williams said.
“I await my day in court when I will clear my name and cause GML and Mr Bassant to account dearly for their libel,” John-Williams added.
“I will be instructing the filing of legal proceedings against GML and Mr Bassant for these odious and contemptible allegations which have caused my family and myself incomprehensible distress,” he said.
John-Williams claimed he was ambushed on a golf course and accused investigative journalist Bassant of sensationalism and character-assassination.
“I have also been advised that Mr Bassant’s attempt to immunise himself and GML from liability does not have the prophylactic effect for which he and GML undoubtedly wished, and that he and GML are both liable for the false and defamatory allegations contained and made in these articles and television news stories, which they continue to publish and to carry.”
He added:“Further, after their review thereof and to the extent that I am permitted by my attorneys-at-law to do so, I also propose to make publicly available the material which I have in my possession and which is otherwise available to me, which will show all of these allegations to be baseless.”