Super League clubs are seeking legal advice regarding their failed petition to have Keith Look Loy, the T&T Super League president, removed as the League's representative on the Board of Directors of the T&T Football Association.
They are contending that being non-compliant does not mean they are ineligible to vote as members of the TTSL. The clubs are scheduled to meet this weekend and will have the services of a legal person at the meeting.
Guaya United manager and owner Randy Hagley has been championing this cause, since T&T Football Association president David John-Williams stated in a newspaper report about three weeks ago that neither Look Loy nor the TTSL could debar non-compliant clubs from voting, and therefore an extraordinary general meeting can be called as they commanded the majority support from their membership.
According to John-Williams, "All clubs of the TTSL and the Pro League are members of the TTFA. Non-compliant clubs cannot take part in any competition held under the auspices of the TTFA and also cannot vote. However, the TTSL and Pro League are not members of the TTFA and therefore cannot vote. They are totally separate entities/companies that run a competition that is sanctioned by the TTFA."
He added, "As a company, in which shares are bought and teams are members, clubs have the rights to vote unless the constitution states otherwise. For clubs to not be able to vote, they must lose their membership through expulsion etc."
The clubs were trying to enforce Article 32 of the TTSL Constitution which deals with request for an Extraordinary General Meeting to have its president removed as they believe he was not representing their interests. Article 32 states- "The Board of Directors shall convene an Extraordinary General Meeting if a majority (more than 50%) of the members makes such a request in writing. The request shall specify the items for the Agenda."
Look Loy appeared to have won round one of this contest when four of the 15 signatories on the petition expected to show majority support, were said to have pulled out. Look Loy's victory also appeared to have been completed by a letter from his general secretary Peter Thomas which highlighted that non-compliant clubs could not vote.
Hagley in a release chastised his president "Look Loy is trying to show himself as this big champion of democracy, but his actions in the Super League are far from such. He is claiming clubs who paid their registration to form this league are non-compliant. He is also using brutal tactics to coerce clubs to withdraw their signature from the petition."
Guardian Media Sports was reliably informed that members from both Harlem Strikers and Defence Force have had to answer questions from their employers because of attempts to silence them and reduce the numbers on the petition.
According to Hagley "Ryan Ottley has been sidelined by the Defence Force from all football matters."
Derek Edwards, the Petit Valley/Diego Martin United manager said "Teams are trying to play a social role in their communities and are being penalized for it. He is accusing John-Williams of high handedness but his actions are no better."
He concluded, "Its as if everyone who disagrees with the Super League president, will be hounded out the league, based on some technicality."