Saturday 24 October, 2020

FIFA suspends Trinidad and Tobago from international football

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has suspended Trinidad and Tobago from international football with immediate after the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) pursued a dispute through the country’s High Court in contravention of the world governing body’s statutes.

The TTFA lodged a claim in order to contest the decision of the FIFA Council to appoint a normalisation committee for local association.

FIFA said "this course of action was in direct breach of article 59 of the FIFA Statutes, which expressly prohibits recourse to ordinary courts unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations."

A normalisation committee was installed by the FIFA Council after it was established that the former leadership of the TTFA had engaged in various acts of serious mismanagement.

FIFA said the "decision of the former leadership to go to a local court to contest the appointment of the normalisation committee jeopardises not only the future of football in Trinidad and Tobago but also endangers the overall global football governance structure, which relies on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as the exclusive forum for resolving disputes of this nature." 

FIFA said that "the relevant parties were initially given until September 16 to withdraw the case but failed to do so. This deadline was then extended until September 23, which was not respected either.   

"In the circumstances, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to suspend the TTFA.

"This suspension will only be lifted when the TTFA fully complies with its obligations as a member of FIFA, including recognising the legitimacy of the appointed normalisation committee and bringing its own statutes into line with the FIFA Statutes."

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