The Board of Director of the T&T Pro League has said it unanimously accepted the decision on Tuesday by world governing body for the sport of football Fifa to establish a Normalization Committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the T&T Football Association.
In a release on Thursday following a conference meeting of the board it stated: "The Board of the TT Pro League has unanimously accepted the decision by Fifa to establish a Normalization Committee to steer the financial and statutory affairs of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association.
As a football company who have invested over two hundred million dollars into the national economy over the last 18 years, the TT Pro League stand ready to work alongside the Ministry of Sports and the FIFA appointed Normalization Committee for the continued development of the game.
We have instructed our representative on the former TTFA Board, Mr Brent Sancho, that the TT Pro League will not support any move by the former administration to engage in any legal battle against FIFA over their removal from office."
In a letter dated March 17 to the TTFA general secretary Randhan FIFA wrote: Under these serious circumstances, and in accordance with article 8 paragraph 2 of the Fifa statutes (which foresees that executive bodies of member associations may, under exceptional circumstances, be removed from office by the Fifa Council in consultation with the relevant confederation and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time), the Bureau of the Council decided, on 17 March 2020, to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.
Following the news from FIFA, the embattled president William Wallace told the media that he was disappointed by FIFA's action which they considered to be an unjust, unfair and a disrespectful act by the world governing body for football (FIFA) and will turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to overturn a decision by FIFA, which on Tuesday appointed a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of T&T football.
William said, "We took a while to get over the shock, it was total disbelief. Since then we have pooled our resources together and have decided that this is injustice, it is disrespect, it shows some political play going on here to protect, I don't know who, but clearly, this is unprecedented when you look at what those committees are set up to do. It is in cases of political interference, political turmoil, democratic processes such as elections. Our elections were supervised by the FIFA and CONCACAF, so there were no issues with the elections, but now they are saying because of the same financial deficiency that we pointed out to them when they were here, they are now using that as a reason, but we have gone beyond that, we have put things in place."
The Pro League release continued: At a time when the dreaded coronavirus is taking its toll on the health and economic welfare of the country, on the request of the Minister of Sports we are sending a proposal by March 31st for rebranding the professional league, use of community fields and developing a proposal for a partnership with FIFA, the Ministry of Sport and Corporate Trinidad and Tobago. A plan aimed at addressing the economic, social and sporting needs of the national and regional community.
While we cannot pre-empt any selection by FIFA we would like to see the Normalization Committee comprise of credible non-partisan persons from the local legal, sporting and business sector. We at the Pro League feel the time for mudslinging, character assassinations and egotism in our football must be replaced with a greater resolve to collectively address the challenges ahead."