FIFA has suspended the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) with immediate effect due to “grave violations of the FIFA Statutes.”
According to a statement posted to its website, FIFA says the suspension was prompted by the former leadership of the TTFA lodging a claim before a court in T&T, in order to contest the decision of the FIFA Council to appoint a normalization committee for the TTFA.
It says this course of action was “in direct breach of article 59 of the FIFA Statutes, which expressly prohibits recourse to ordinary courts unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations.”
It also maintains that the decision to go to court jeopardizes the future of football in Trinidad and Tobago and also endangers the overall global football governance structure, which relies on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as the exclusive forum for resolving disputes of this nature.
The normalization committee was installed by the FIFA Council after it was established that the former leadership of the TTFA had engaged in various acts of serious mismanagement.
The TTFA was initially given until September 16th to withdraw the case but failed to do so, after which the deadline was extended until September 23rd, which was also missed.
According to a report by the Trinidad Guardian, while the TTFA did apply to withdraw the case from the local court, this was not done before the second deadline.
FIFA says the suspension will only be lifted when the TTFA fully complies with its obligations as a FIFA member, including recognizing the legitimacy of the appointed normalization committee and bringing its own statutes into line with the FIFA Statutes.