TTFA drops court case against FIFA

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Spencer Darlington

William Wallace the elected president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has accused world governing body, FIFA of forcing a withdrawal of their court case in order to avoid a ruling. 

FIFA removed Wallace's executive on March 17, after just four months in office, owing to the TTFA's mounting debt and a "very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity."

A normalization committee, led by businessman Robert Hadad, was put in place to run the TTFA affairs, a decision Wallace's executive had previously refused to accept.

Wallace's United TTFA had remained defiant amid an earlier September 16 deadline given by FIFA to withdraw the matter from the High Court in Trinidad and Tobago.

FIFA insists the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is the sole authority to hear disputes between FIFA and its member associations. But Wallace has accused FIFA of forcing the hand of CONCACAF, while setting a final deadline of September 23.

With the deadline being September 23, Wallace met with delegates on Tuesday night with the majority voting to drop the case against FIFA. 

This was carried out on Wednesdsay with an 8-page press release stating that the TTFA would not pursue the matter any further.

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