Ousted president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) William Wallace is celebrating a victory handed down by the High Court in the twin island republic on Wednesday.
Justice Carol Gobin dismissed FIFA's application to move its case with the TTFA boss and his vice-presidents to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The court also refused to stay proceedings between the two parties. Speaking with Radio Jamaica Sports on Thursday from T&T, Wallace expressed satisfaction with the ruling.
However, the ruling might come at a cost as FIFA’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura warned previously that the world governing body would not continue with the case, should the TTFA win at this stage, and will instead implement sanctions.
The decision by the Port of Spain High Court further dents the credibility of FIFAs Normalization Committee, which was announced on March 17, a decision that immediately annulled the election of Wallace and his vice-presidents just four months earlier.
FIFA said its decision was based on concerns regarding the financial management of the local football body.