The T&T Football Association is set to face another legal battle in the court.
Following on the heels of losses in the court from the T&T Futsal team and ex-referee Ramesh Ramdhan, Guardian Media Sports has learnt that ex-sports commentator Selwyn Melville, through his attorneys Joseph Sookdeo and Egon Embrack, has filed documents in the High Court in Port- of-Spain to begin a battle for ownership of the Soca Warriors name.
The battle for the rightful owner of the name began many years ago during Jack Warner's era at the helm of the TTFA, but it was only under the Raymond Tim Kee-led administration that proceedings were filed for trademark rights in the United States and Europe. This was later taken up by the David John-Williams-led TTFA.
Melville, who was a sports commentator on the 105.1FM radio station decades ago, said he was the one who coined the phrase 'Soca Warriors', a name that has now become the official identity of the senior national men's team and the country's junior teams.
Melville had been locked in talks with a committee formed by John-Williams to find a resolution to the matter more than two years ago, but he decided to initiate legal action when talks broke down over a financial disagreement. Since then, the TTFA has failed to respond to two pre-action protocol letters filed by Melville's lawyers.
Yesterday, Melville said, "Let the truth be told. It's important for everyone to know the truth behind the 'Soca Warriors' name, which has been a treasure to the nation. It is time that this matter is settled now, as it has been going on too long."
Contacted yesterday, John-Williams said he could not offer a comment until he receives documents to see exactly what his association is being challenged for.
It is understood the matter is currently logged at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) here in T&T but this office is unable to give trademark rights to any party until the local courts decide on ownership.
Guardian Media Sports understands that a popular radio station is also challenging for the name rights.