Soca Warriors seize TTFF assets
By Lasana Liburd (wired868.com)
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) was arguably subjected to a new low this morning as 15 policemen swooped down on its Dundonald Street headquarters and seized removable assets.
The early morning raid is a result of the TTFF’s failure to honour a High Court order to pay 13 of its former 2006 World Cup players a second interim award of $4.6 million (US$724,000). The figure was due on 18 October 2011 but the TTFF did not pay and the court was given no reason to expect payment when legal representatives met before Justice Devindra Rampersad on 12 January 2012.
The players responded with a court-appointed marshall.
Brent Sancho, Cyd Gray, David Atiba Charles and Anthony Wolfe accompanied the policemen to Dundonald Street.
Acting TTFF President Lennox Watson asked the players for one hour to come up with the money at around 10.15 am. However, he failed to meet the final deadline.
The players were told that the TTFF was tipped off about the impending raid by a member of the media and took preemptive steps to be rid of documents and valuables. However this report was not confirmed today.
There was still plenty for the marshall to take, though, as computers, desks, refrigerators, microwaves, uniforms, paperwork, beer crates and other sundry items were removed from the TTFF’s base. The items are expected to be auctioned off.READ MORE...