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Re: David John Williams Thread.
« Reply #570 on: April 06, 2019, 07:35:16 AM »
‘I’m doing my job’
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


TTFA boss defends Futsal appeal, $4m spent

TTFA (TT Football Association) president David John-Williams has defending the appeal filed by the local governing body in the High Court, over the matter involving the national futsal team.

On December 13 2018, the team was awarded $475,743 plus interest at three per cent per annum, along with legal costs, in a High Court ruling. The team sued the TTFA for unpaid salaries, stipends and match fees for their participation at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Costa Rica.

The TTFA filed an appeal in the matter but the High Court, in mid-March, issued the TTFA a garnishee order.

And, on Thursday, the court gave consent to the Futsal team’s legal team (Keston McQuilkin and Melissa Roberts-John) to receive over $270,000 from the TTFA’s six frozen accounts at First Citizens.

Speaking to the media at the Home of Football project at Balmain, Couva yesterday, John-Williams said, “Any matter is subject to an appeal. I think it’s important that the media does some investigating into the case. The TTFA has done what it’s supposed to do in this matter.

“The Futsal players have done what they think is best, whether it affects T&T football or not. At the end of the day, we’ll see where it ends.”

John-Williams said upon taking office in December 2015, the TTFA has been dealing with countless lawsuits stemming from the previous administration, which has placed the local body in further debt.

“Since I took up office, from day one, it was a blow. We had a players’ strike within five days. We had to pay (TT Under-17 women’s coach) Even Pellerud or else face elimination from World Cup qualifying. We’ve had a series of stuff, a series of court judgements. There were players (and) coaches with outstanding salaries. A lot of things are going to come out in the public domain.”

He continued, “Under my tenure as president, it has seemed very controversial (but) I beg to differ. But the old people say when they’re criticising you is when you’re doing something good. At the end of the day, you’ll see who’s telling the truth.

“People tend to be critical but they’re not seeing the positive things. It’s just that this president doesn’t talk because it’s not my business to beat my chest. I’m doing my job to the best of my ability.”

Yesterday, TT futsal team manager Ronald Brereton was reported as saying that the TTFA did not release funds to the team from a US$600,000 subvention received from FIFA.

John-Williams said, “The money that we get from FIFA is for specific projects. There is no secret that we spent $4 million over the last five months, but you must ask the question, 'What it was spent on?' It was spent (on) a specific purpose. If people want to make mischief with it, so be it. At the end of the day, we’ll see what (are) the facts.”

The TTFA president revealed, “Our FIFA Forward money that we got for 2019, our first payment, FIFA deducted US$100,000, for (over) $300,000 that the Association has owed FIFA since 2010.”

Office staff of the TTFA were not paid last month, and John-Williams said, “This is the first time that the staff hasn’t been paid and we’ve communicated that to them. They understand what the situation is.

“We have to apologise for that. It’s an unplanned situation. It’s something that this administration has no control over, but we’re addressing it.”

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Re: David John Williams Thread.
« Reply #571 on: April 07, 2019, 05:31:42 AM »
TTFA saddled with lawsuits, debts.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


John-Williams admits Latapy owed millions

TT FOOTBALL Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams acknowledged on Friday that the local governing body is saddled with mounting lawsuits and is struggling to make outstanding payments.

John-Williams was speaking to the media at the Home of Football project in Balmain, Couva.

Former T&T playmaker, captain and coach Russell Latapy, who complained over his poor treatment, and lack of payment, by the TTFA, was appointed Barbados coach last month.

“His contract came to an end and he set himself off to greener pastures,” John-Williams said. “The (TTFA) owes Latapy millions of dollars, prior to (my) incarnation as president.”

John-Williams also commented on the current matter involving the TTFA and board member Keith Look Loy. Look Loy, the TT Super League president, got an order from the High Court, in mid-March, to receive all financial information related to the local governing body.

The Super League president admitted, on March 27, he was not pleased with the documents presented to himself and his legal team (attorneys Matthew Gayle, Dr Emir Crowne and Crystal Paul), and is considering the option of contempt of court proceedings against John-Williams and his general secretary Camara David.

John-Williams said, “He’s not satisfied. We’ve complied with the court order and that’s it. The TTFA has nothing to hide. We’re even willing to open up our books to the media.”

John-Williams acknowledged the TTFA’s financial struggles have resulted in the national men’s team playing friendly matches away since April 2018.

“The reality of the situation is that we can’t play at home because we’ll have to fund those games and we don’t have the money to do that,” he said. “Very soon the Home of Football is going to be up and running, and we will be able to host international games without draining the Association’s treasury.” Jamaica will host a pair of matches in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

According to John-Williams, “CONCACAF has saw it fit to host matches in Jamaica. I’m happy (for Jamaica). Jamaica is an hour away from the US. I guess all those things are under consideration. I think it’s an honour for (CONCACAF) to host games in Jamaica and T&T will soon be there.”

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Re: David John Williams Thread.
« Reply #572 on: April 08, 2019, 12:19:29 AM »
TTFA president promises to tell all.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


David John-Williams, the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (TTFA) pres­i­dent, is promis­ing star­tling rev­e­la­tions fol­low­ing an or­der of the court, for his as­so­ci­a­tion to pay play­ers from the na­tion­al fut­sal team monies that are owed to them for salaries, per diem and oth­er costs.

A re­cent me­dia re­port re­vealed that more than $200,000 from the TTFA's bank ac­count, which rep­re­sent­ed just a por­tion of the to­tal amount from late last year to re­cent­ly, was tak­en out to pay the fut­sal play­ers. The play­ers are owed $475,743 plus in­ter­est at three per cent per an­num, while the play­ers' At­tor­neys are to be paid a fur­ther $69,200.82.

John-Williams promised the rev­e­la­tions will be dra­mat­ic, say­ing: "There is a time to stay qui­et and there is a time to speak. I as­sure you that the T&T pub­lic and the T&T me­dia will be alarmed and as­ton­ished."

He not­ed his as­so­ci­a­tion has done what it had to do but he will be re­quest­ing the record­ings from the courts so he can be very clear on what was un­der­stood.

"So you see in the me­dia to­day that the TTFA pres­i­dent has been com­min­gling his own per­son­al funds with the TTFA. I can tell you that's ab­solute­ly a lie. At the end of the day when the fi­nal ball is bowled, we will see who is telling the truth and who is be­ing dif­fi­cult," John-Williams as­sured.

The lo­cal foot­ball boss has in­stead praised him­self and the as­so­ci­a­tion for the work they have done since as­sum­ing of­fice back in 2015.

Quizzed about the re­cent re­ports, John Williams said, "I wouldn't say much about that sit­u­a­tion, all I can say is that the TTFA has the sit­u­a­tion well in hand. We are ob­serv­ing the things that are hap­pen­ing and the sit­u­a­tion will be dealt with in due course. There is no se­cret the TTFA is heav­i­ly in debt and I as­sure you it is be­ing looked at in the man­ner it should be looked at."

He not­ed that there is no se­cret his ad­min­is­tra­tion has spent $4 mil­lion over the last five months, but said ques­tions though must be asked on what was it spent on, as FI­FA has giv­en them mon­ey for a spe­cif­ic pur­pose and al­though there are peo­ple who are bent on mak­ing mis­chief, they can­not use the mon­ey for any­thing else.

The em­bat­tled pres­i­dent al­so re­vealed that from the FI­FA For­ward mon­ey they got for this year, the world foot­ball body de­duct­ed US$100,000 for monies owed to it by the foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion since 2010-2015.

He promised, how­ev­er, that peo­ple will soon come to the re­al­i­sa­tion of the di­rec­tion his ad­min­is­tra­tion is head­ing in, which is to be self-sus­tain­able in the fu­ture.

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Re: David John Williams Thread.
« Reply #573 on: April 08, 2019, 02:15:41 PM »
Talk about deluded... SMDH

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Re: David John Williams Thread.
« Reply #574 on: May 14, 2019, 12:26:11 AM »
Anthony Wolfe: Vote that clown out of the TTFA and let’s uplift our football!
By Wired868.com.


“I hope this election coming up we vote that ‘clown’ out and vote in someone who can help uplift our football from this deplorable state it is in right now.

“They could say whatever dey want about Mr Jack Warner; he did both bad and good. But under his guidance, our football was never in this state.”

The following Letter to the Editor on the current state of Trinidad and Tobago football was shared with Wired868 by 2006 World Cup player Anthony Wolfe, who was one of 13 players to successfully sue the TTFA for owed bonuses a decade ago:

Sometimes I sit and think about a lot of things regarding sports in my sweet country especially football; and to be honest, it’s disastrous.

I may be hated for saying a few things on this but it’s the truth. Our football is at its worst state right now and those who were given the chance to represent us all in office are failing big time. We are not doing things the right way they should be done or the organisation should be run. There is too much corruption and everybody seems concerned about themselves.

Why is it that every time our national teams goes into a major tournament—at both the junior and senior level—we can’t get the proper preparation as early as possible?

Either we have no coaches; because who in God’s name going to coach a team for free? Country or not, our family don’t eat leaves! Or we don’t have the financial support to prepare for the tournament ahead of schedule, or the players are not being paid match bonuses, etc.

Wowww! So where is all the money that FIFA is supposed to be giving to our federation? Are we not entitled to those things anymore? Or are the heads taking the money and doing whatever they wish with it?

When you look at the things Stern John and his charges had to do for our Men’s National Under-17 Team in order for them to get prepared for the tournament they just played, I say hats off to you bro. You did your best. In life when, you fail to prepare, you must prepare to fail. Simple.

The U-17s tried their best. It didn’t go as expected but, in my opinion, they did well for the little or no resources they had available to them.

I hope this election coming up we vote that ‘clown’ out and vote in someone who can help uplift our football from this deplorable state it is in right now. They could say whatever dey want about Mr Jack Warner; he did both bad and good. But under his guidance, our football was never in this state.

Old people always say you know what you have but you don’t know you going to get. Simple.

Father God, help us and get rid of those people who serve no good for our football. Please!

For David John-Williams and the others who are allowing him to do this crap, the upholder is worse than the thief; always remember this eh.

This is hurting me deep, deep down inside just to see where our football is now. It’s a big shame for us all in Trinidad and Tobago. Sigh.

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Re: David John Williams Thread.
« Reply #575 on: May 14, 2019, 12:28:22 AM »
“They’ve appointed a cabal!” Check and mate as DJW finds way to legally dodge TTFA Board.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.)


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams will be able to legitimately run the local game without consulting his Board for the foreseeable future, due to a loophole in the constitution that was enacted on Monday evening.

Article 20.2 of the TTFA Constitution describes the Board of Directors as ‘the Executive body’ of the local football organisation with authority over everything, including the hiring and firing of coaches, standing committee members, auditors and the general secretary.

However, Article 42.1 allows for an Emergency Committee, presided over by the football president, which has the authority to ‘deal with all matters requiring immediate settlement between two meetings of the Board of Directors.’

It feasibly allows for John-Williams—who was taken to court by one Board member, Keith Look Loy, and called to account by others—to run football business without the ‘inconvenience’ of a Board debate. The Board is mandated to meet just once every two months but can call Extraordinary Meetings to discuss urgent matters, as has often been the case.

Ironically, it was Wired868 that served notice that the Referees Committee was the only properly activated standing committee from a minimum of 16 during John-Williams’ tenure.

However, instead of breathing life into committees meant to oversee issues like finance, marketing, legal, women’s football, disciplinary or technical matters, John-Williams appeared to prioritise one that can put the responsibility of the Board into an ‘inner executive.’

And his political gift came on Monday courtesy of five supportive Board members, including four who voted for each other to sit alongside the president and vice-president Ewing Davis on the Emergency Committee.

Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFOTT) president Selby Browne, a former vociferous critic of the John-Williams-led administration who has since embraced a remarkably different perspective, nominated Southern Football Association (SFA) president Richard Quan Chan, Tobago Football Association (TFA) president Anthony Moore and interim Eastern Football Association president (EFA) Bandele Kamau for roles on the committee.

Moore then nominated Browne to join them. Browne and Kamau have both been on the Board for barely four months and a total of just two meetings.

There was no room for John-Williams’ other Board ally, Eastern Counties Football Union (ECFU) president Sherwyn Dyer, as the Constitution stipulates a maximum of six places on the Emergency Committee.

The remaining Board members present—Raeshawn Mars (Northern FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association), Sharon Warrick (Women’s League Football), Julia Baptiste (TT Pro League) and Look Loy (Trinidad and Tobago Super League)—were powerless to stop them or get anyone else on the Committee, due to a lack of votes.

Central Football Association (CFA) representative Collin Partap, who has often voted against John-Williams, missed the meeting as he was in Tobago on business. Even if he were present, the TTFA president still has seven votes from a maximum of 13.

“They have appointed a cabal, which will now be the de facto ruling committee [of the TTFA],” Look Loy told Wired868. “Just imagine [an experienced football] man like Joseph Taylor, for instance, is ignored and bypassed for two men who have been in the Board for all of two meetings.

“These six people all sit together on the head table and they moved the motion, seconded the motion and passed the motion. The rest of the Board is redundant; there is no need for a Board anymore.”

Article 42.4  states that ‘all decisions taken by the Emergency Committee shall be ratified by the Board of Directors at its next meeting.’ However, John-Williams has the votes to ensure the Board is no more than a rubber stamp for decisions that can now be made in private.

At Monday’s meeting, the TTFA president tried unsuccessfully to appoint Angus Eve, Stephen De Four and Izler Browne as head coaches of the Men’s National Under-23 and Women’s Under-20 and Under-17 Teams respectively.

Eve is a former National Under-23 coach and the head coach of Pro League outfit, Club Sando, and SSFL champion team, Naparima College. De Four and Browne have also worked with National Women’s Teams before and would be returning home after stints abroad with Haiti and the US Virgin Islands respectively.

Look Loy argued, with some support, that the TTFA should not hire any coaches unless John-Williams was prepared to reveal what they would earn, where the money was coming from to pay them and the terms and conditions of each appointee.

John-Williams did not take the matter to a vote on Monday but, theoretically, can simply have the Emergency Committee appoint all three and put them to work immediately. From then, it would be two months before the Board has the chance to review that decision.

The Men’s National Under-23 Team goes into action in July. It means that the TTFA Emergency Committee can hire staff, prepare the team and complete the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying tournament before the Board gets a chance to object.

An example of the John-Williams-led Board’s willingness to mock the spirit of the Constitution came with a proposed Constitutional Review Committee.

At the February AGM, the general membership of the local football body vetoed a suggestion by the TFA that a Constitutional Review Committee be implemented. The members, led by Referees Association vice-president Osmond Downer, preferred to deal with proposed amendments one by one.

Article 20.1 states that ‘the General Meeting is the supreme and legislative body’ of the local football body. As further evidence on the balance of power within the TTFA, the Constitution allows the General Meeting to remove Board members while the latter party, according to Article 22.4, has no voting rights at the AGM.

Yet on Monday, the Board overruled the General Meeting and appointed a chairman for its Constitution Review Committee anyway.

Article 36(a) states the Board of Directors ‘shall pass decisions on all cases that do not come within the sphere of responsibility of the General Meeting or are not reserved for other bodies by law or under this Constitution.’

The TTFA Constitution does not name a Constitutional Review Committee among its list of standing committees.

“The Tobago delegates raised the issue of having a Constitutional Review Committee look at amendments and the floor [of the General Meeting] defeated it,” said Look Loy, “because they said we have proposed amendments and are going through them one by one.

“So they come back with [the proposal for the committee] at the Board level; they circumvented the decision of the AGM in a nutshell.”

Neither Moore nor John-Williams have intimated what constitutional amendments they have in mind, although they will need to be approved by the General Meeting before taking effect.

Intriguingly, Elton Prescott SC, who also operates as counsel for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), was named as chairman for the Constitutional Review Committee and supposedly has carte blanche to select the remaining members.

Last month, Prescott admitted that he failed to review the TTFA Constitution—or, arguably, allowed himself to be misled by general secretary Camara David—when offering a legal opinion that paved the way for Look Loy to be removed from the Board. Look Loy subsequently blocked the manoeuvre for his ousting in the High Court.

It appears that the botched effort to jettison Look Loy has not soured Prescott’s view of David and John-Williams, or vice versa.

If Monday’s meeting was a political success for John-Williams, there is still the nagging issues of irate creditors knocking on the TTFA’s doors. Browne, according to Look Loy, suggested an answer for that too.

“Selby [Browne] said FIFA bailed out past TTFA administrations and will do it again,” said the TTSL president. “That is what they are hoping for—a loan from FIFA to save their arse.”

Two years ago, Browne nominated Look Loy for a role on the TTFA Board. These days, the VFOTT president refers to his former colleague as an ‘invalid’ Board member.

In an email to John-Williams last month, which was copied to the Board, Browne appeared to invite himself along with the TTFA president for the 2019 FIFA Congress in Paris, France on 5 June and the Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States, later that same month.

“President, […] I would be happy to do the Gold Cup and FIFA Congress which you MUST attend,” stated Browne.

Look Loy, who raised a motion for John-Williams’ dismissal last year, conceded that the football president has only consolidated his power since then. The TTFA has lost a string of cases in the High Court, though, and Look Loy believes it is the only place that John-Williams can be held to account at present.

“[US president Donald] Trump said he could kill a man on Fifth Avenue and get away  with it, and [John-Williams] is our Trump,” said the TTSL president. “He can get away with anything because he has the votes. Only external intervention can save Trinidad and Tobago’s football because he has just enough people clinging on to him still to keep him in power and give him legitimacy—never mind that we are bankrupt and asking people to run national football for free, which is a very bad precedent for national coaches.

“Salvation has to come from outside because the internal mechanisms are failing to save the TTFA from itself and John-Williams; that is abundantly clear.”

Browne declined comment on Monday’s Board meeting, the Emergency Committee and the Constitutional Review Committee.

“I have taken the position that Board members should not comment in public about the discussions of meetings the Board,” said Browne, “but that the TTFA should make press releases after meetings to provide an update.”

John-Williams, as usual, did not respond at all, up to the time of publication.

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Re: David John Williams Thread.
« Reply #576 on: May 14, 2019, 10:52:54 AM »