William Wallace

TTFA PRESIDENT: William Wallace

WILLIAM WALLACE has indi­cated to the Sunday Express his intention to resign as Trini­dad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president.

Wallace said he will step away from both the TTFA and football, and indicated his intention was to hand in his resignation at today’s planned TTFA Extraordinary General Meeting of the TTFA’s 47 delegates. However, from all indications the EGM has been cancelled.

“I would have submitted my resignation at the meeting on Sunday (today), simply because I do not subscribe to normalisation,” Wallace told the Sunday Express.

“From all that I gathered, the meeting on Sunday would have asked that normalisation be ­accepted, which would have been one of the conditions to get the suspension lifted at that time,” Wallace added.

“My view is ulterior to the members at this time. I said I would not stand in the way of the membership. I know that is what they want, and that is what they would have been given.”

Wallace also confirmed his battle against FIFA has ended, and that he will not be taking the matter to the Privy Council as speculated. He denied allegations he was considering appealing the Appeal Court’s decision.

Wallace confirmed to the Sunday Express that his fight is over and that he will take no further action in either local or international courts or at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“Definitely not. The Privy Council is out of the question,” Wallace confirmed. “I am not taking any more action. This is the end, as far as I am concerned.”

Wallace had challenged ­FIFA’s March 2020 decision to replace his executive with its own normalisation committee. On October 13, Wallace was re-instated as TTFA president following a High Court decision in which Justice Carol Gobin ruled that FIFA’s appointment of the normalisation committee was null and void.

Gobin’s verdict was subsequently overturned in the Appeal Court on Friday, when Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justice Nolan Bereaux ruled in ­favour of FIFA. The Appeal Court ­decision confirmed that both the TTFA constitution and FIFA Statutes gave the world body the right to appoint a normalisation ­committee.

And following the Appeal Court decision, Wallace confirmed he has again been removed as TTFA president. Therefore, he is unsure whether he has the legal right to convene the Extraordinary General Meeting.

Several sources, including TTFA delegates, are now questioning both the legality and necessity of an EGM, now that ­FIFA’s normalisation committee is again free to operate in T&T following Friday’s court decision.

“As I said, I am putting it in the hands of the membership,” said Wallace. “I am writing a ­letter to the membership regarding tomorrow’s meeting.”

Also contacted, normalisation committee chairman Robert ­Hadad said the TTFA membership may have to decide what is best in that matter.

“That’s a decision for the membership,” Hadad replied via WhatsApp.

“Should they attend? Is it ­legal?? Is Wallace allowed to call the meeting?” were questions posed by Hadad.

TTFA board member Brent Sancho also questioned the ­legality of having an EGM, given Friday’s ruling.

“I think even before, due to the way the meeting was called, there was a question of the ­validity of the meeting. There has been no actual meeting of the board of directors. No input into the agenda. I think the decision on Friday is a further nail in the coffin as it pertains to the meeting (EGM),” Sancho stated.

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