The ousted executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has turned to the High Court here in its fight against FIFA's decision to replace it with a normalisation committee.
The William Wallace-led United TTFA team said in a statement on Monday that it chose to go this route 'after long and hard deliberations', after withdrawing its appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which it claimed had displayed bias against football's world governing body.
'United TTFA assures the football community and the people of Trinidad and Tobago that we have carefully considered the options, the potential risks and the beneficial outcomes of this struggle to defend the sovereignty of our country and our football,' the team of Wallace, Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Joseph Sam Phillip, Anthony Harford and Keith Look Loy said.
'We are guided by the principles of freedom and democracy enshrined in the supreme and governing law of Trinidad and Tobago-the Constitution-under which TTFA is established.'
Ousted TTFA president William Wallace.
The association had complained that the Switzerland-based CAS appeared to be taking sides, pointing out that the TTFA was asked to pay all the fees for the arbitration - in contravention of the court's regulations which require that the parties split the cost, which FIFA refused to do - and that the court had accepted FIFA's request for the case to be heard by three arbitrators which tripled the costs associated with the appeal.
The embattled TTFA team said they therefore decided to lodge a brief with the local High Court.
They are asking the court for: a declaration that FIFA's removal of the TTFA executive, which was elected to office on November 24, 2019, is null, void and of no legal and/or binding effect; a permanent injunction preventing FIFA from interfering in, and/or seeking to override the fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or from attempting removing the duly elected executive from office; and a permanent injunction preventing FIFA and/or its agents and/or assigns and/or servants from interfering in the day-to-day management of the TTFA, including the association's bank accounts and real property.
The latter request comes as the TTFA and the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee fight for control of the association's accounts at First Citizens Bank.
In March this year, FIFA replaced the TTFA executive with...