Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams has apologised to the Junior Sammy Group of Companies and has described the situation as “unfortunate” after a “false document” bearing the Group’s logo was presented at a meeting held on November 2 by the United TTFA slate which will be contesting the TTFA elections later this month.
In a media release yesterday, the Junior Sammy Group of Companies stated that the document purported that the Group supports presidential candidate William Wallace and the United TTFA slate.
“The Company wishes to advise that no such letter has been issued by the office of the chairman of our Group of Companies or authorised to be issued by any of our companies within the Group for that matter,” the media release stated.
The Group also called for the “false document” to be removed from the presentation and from releases and that a suitably worded retraction be issued regarding “such grave misrepresentation”.
The press release added that the “Group has always supported the various TTFA administrations in the efforts to develop and promote the talents of the our youth on the national and international arenas as part of our corporate social responsibility thrust and has enjoyed a healthy and amicable relationship with it.”
Yesterday, John-Williams called a press conference to address the situation during which he said he met with the Junior Sammy Group to do some damage control.
“As president I was gutted by the situation. Junior Sammy has been a very good corporate sponsor to the TTFA. I called this press conference to say I met with them and the rest is going to be in the hands of the Police Service. I call on the Police (TTPS) to investigate this matter seriously because it involves a forged document being used, and forged signatures being appended in that document, and that is as much as I will say in this matter,” said John-Williams.
“I called this press conference to say that the TTFA is utterly dismayed and apologises to the Junior Sammy Group for what has transpired and we have done some damage control in that regard,” he added.
“This is not about an election statement. It is about protecting the TTFA and its corporate partners. It is unfortunate but it is what it is. It is not an election ploy.
“My statement is very clear. Junior Sammy has been a big corporate sponsor for us achieving what we have achieved in the Home of Football and they invested over TT$1 million in equipment to bring a facility like this to fruition and they have been a very good corporate sponsor and it is unfortunate that something like that has happened. It is a very serious matter,” John-Williams concluded.