William Wallace, the ousted president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has written to the Dr. Keith Rowley government expressing concern over its negotiations with the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee about the use of the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva as a facility to host Covid-19 patients.
Wallace and his executive are locked in a dispute with FIFA over the appointment of the normalisation committee that football’s world governing body named in late March. The matter is before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
However, while he supports the use of the stadium as a holding facility, Wallace said he is the person the government should be discussing such issues with, as the normalisation committee has no legal standing to do so. He also suggested the possibility of the committee profiting from the use of the stadium during a national crisis.
“I note with some concern reports in the media that the government has apparently entered into discussions with the Normalisation Committee led by Mr. Robert Hadad, who was purportedly appointed by FIFA, in respect of the use of the Home of Football in Balmain, Couva,” Wallace wrote on official TTFA letterhead on Thursday.
“This Committee has no legal or other standing in Trinidad and Tobago. As you are aware, the TTFA was formed by an act of Parliament (Act 17 of 1982) and is to be governed by its Constitution. The Constitution of the TTFA places the responsibility for negotiating and entering into any contracts or agreements on the President of the TTFA, a post I have held since the 24th November 2019.” (www.sportsmax.tv)