UNITED TTFA has been further weakened by the surprise resignation yesterday of Keith Look Loy, one of its main protagonists and vocal members.
Look Loy issued a statement announcing his immediate resignation as Trinidad and Tobago Super League president, TTFA board member and TTFA technical committee chairman. His resignation comes after those of United TTFA members Susan Joseph-Warrick and Anthony Harford. Joseph-Warrick had earlier this month announced her resignation from all her posts—WoLF president, TTFA second-vice-president and United TTFA member—following Trinidad and Tobago’s suspension from international football on September 24. Meanwhile, failing health saw Harford relinquish his post as Northern Football Association (NFA) president.
“For my part, I have run my race—not only in this matter but in football as a whole. In the aftermath of the seven-month battle between United TTFA and FIFA, with conflicting emotions, I resign the positions of TTSL president, TTFA Board member and TTFA Technical Committee chairman. These resignations are effective immediately,” Look Loy stated.
Faced with dwindling support, re-installed TTFA president William Wallace vowed to stay the course until TTFA members have their say at an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) on October 25. Wallace does not think his position is weakened with Look Loy’s resignation.
“Look Loy was part of United TTFA. He played a major role in the whole process since the election,” Wallace stated. “We are members of the executive. Look Loy was not a member of the executive. Look Loy was president of the Super League, which he has resigned from, and the only position he led in the FA was that of technical committee chairman.”
Wallace was re-installed as TTFA president after successfully challenging the March 17 removal of his executive by football’s governing body, FIFA. On Tuesday, Justice Carol Gobin ruled FIFA’s action null and void, a domestic victory for United TTFA that ultimately came at the cost of an international suspension for T&T, a result of Wallace and his executive flouting FIFA’s statutes by taking the dispute to a domestic court.
Wallace said his immediate role was to hold to his promise to convene an EGM which will give TTFA delegates their say in determining how the Association deals with their FIFA-imposed suspension and to determine the course of local football.
“I have a meeting (scheduled) for the 25th of October. So, we will be here until then to make that meeting comes off. That is the EGM,” stated Wallace yesterday.
Meanwhile, FC Santa Rosa owner Look Loy revealed that with United TTFA having won its substantive matter in the local High Court, he was prepared to leave football.
“On Wednesday 14 October, Justice Carol Gobin delivered her judgment in the matter of TTFA v FIFA, declaring the William Wallace administration to be the lawful leadership of the Association. As promised by United TTFA, an Extraordinary General Meeting of TTFA’s membership has been called for 25 October.
“Now that the central issue of the legality of FIFA’s actions has been adjudicated, it is time for TTFA’s membership to decide the immediate political direction of the Association,” Look Loy stated.