T&T Football Association (TTFA) Director Keith Look Loy has filed yet another lawsuit seeking disclosure of information related to the construction of its US$2.5 million "Home for Football".
In the judicial review claim filed in April, Look Loy is claiming that the documents disclosed by the TTFA pursuant to the court order from March 20, raised more questions over suspected financial impropriety in the project.
"From the documents I did receive, I noticed a number of discrepancies in General Ledger. This includes payments which I know ought to have been made from, my personal knowledge of the running of the organisation, not appearing in General Ledger," Look Loy said in his affidavit filed in the case.
Look Loy also alleged that the forensic accountants whom he retained to analyse the association's records also pointed out issues.
"I also note from the documents I have received that the cumulative value of the contracts which have been disclosed to me appears to be approximately $3 million. The value of the stated FIFA investment is approximately $19.25 million; meaning that there is an apparent unexplained discrepancy of approximately $16 million," Look Loy added, in his request for the association's bank statements.
When Look Loy's case came up for hearing before Justice Devindra Rampersad at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday morning, the TTFA was given directions on the filing of its evidence in the case. The case was then transferred to Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh, who presided over the first case.
As a secondary issue in the case, Look Loy is defending his appointment to the TTFA in December 2017.
According to Look Loy the issue of whether there was a quorum of the TTFA executive members present when he was appointed a director, based on his position as president of the T&T Super League, was only raised after by TTFA general secretary Camara David after he scored the legal victory over the disclosure of the documents.
"Clearly this is with a view to frustrating and/or preventing my assessment of the bank statements and other documents of the TTFA with a view to increasing transparency and accountability within the sport," Look Loy claimed as he pointed to documents, in which embattled TTFA President David John-Williams and other colleagues had previously acknowledged his position.
Look Loy sought and received an injunction blocking the association from challenging his appointment pending the determination of his lawsuit.
Look Loy is being represented Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle and Crystal Paul, while Anand Missir is representing the TTFA.
About the Case
Look Loy's legal challenges are related to the "Home for Football" project in Couva which is expected to include a 72-room hotel, training pitches, an entertainment centre and administrative offices for the association.
The sod was turned in September 2017, with construction starting in February, last year. The project was sponsored by Fifa and is being constructed on a little over seven hectares of land donated by the Government.
The project was already at an advanced stage when Fifa representative Veron Mosengo-Omba and Sports Minister Shamfa Cudjoe conducted a tour in August, last year.
The project is still incomplete but the facility is scheduled to be opened, later this year.
Delivering judgement in Look Loy's first case, on March 20, Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh ruled that TFA president David John-Williams and former general secretary Justin Latapy-George acted irrationally and unreasonably when they repeatedly declined to Look Loy's requests.
Look Loy’s legal battle against TTFA intensifies.
By Jada Loutoo (Newsday).
SUPER League president Keith Look Loy's legal battle against the TT Football Association (TTFA), aimed at getting banking information from the local governing body and stopping it from impugning his status as a director, has intensified.
His latest claim came up for hearing at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain on Wednesday before Justice Devindra Rampersad, who directed the TTFA to file its response by July 17, and transferred the matter to Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh, who in March ordered the association to hand over documents on the construction of its US$2.5 million Home for Football.
In his latest claim, Look Loy wants declarations that he and all directors of the TTFA are entitled to view, on demand, all and any documents in control or possession of the association, including bank records, investments and loans and other financials and that the refusal by the president and general secretary to allow them access was a breach of their duties.
Included in his claim, which is being argued by Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle and Crystal Paul, is an order to compel the TTFA to allow him to inspect and take copies of the financial information for November 2015 to present; returned paid cheque stubs for the same period; and all or any documents which are in the control of the association which are necessary for the discharge of his duties as a director.
In his affidavit in support of his claim, Look Loy said after Boodoosingh ordered the TTFA to hand over the documents relating to the Home of Football, he got some, while others were “still missing.” He said he reserved his right to file contempt and enforcement proceedings against the TTFA for failing to provide him with all the information the court ordered.
He said from the information he did receive, he noticed a number of discrepancies in the general ledger, including payments he knew ought to have been made not being included.
Look Loy said in order to verify the authenticity of the general ledger, he was advised by forensic accountants, he must get copies of all bank statements and paid cheque stubs.
“I also note from the documents I have received that the cumulative value of the contracts which have been disclosed to me appears to be approximately $3 million. The value of the stated FIFA investment is approximately $19.25 million; meaning there is an apparent unexplained discrepancy of approximately $16 million,” he said.
On April 3, he asked for bank statements but received no response from the TTFA, its president David-John Williams, its general secretary Camara David or its attorneys.
E-mails were sent and Look Loy said he even visited the TTFA’s office to get the information. On April 16, he was told he was not permitted access to the bank records because he was not a named signatory to the accounts.
Instead of giving him access to the banking information, Look Loy said David challenged his appointment as a director. He said he received a letter, on April 20 from David, telling him his appointment was “invalid and not consistent to the Constitution of the TTFA.”
Look Loy believes it was his insistence to get the information on the TTFA’s finances that led to the motion being tabled.
He immediately sought an emergency interim injunction and was successful in stopping the TTFA from challenging the legitimacy of his 2017 appointment to the board and ousting him from the football body. A meeting which was to be held on April 24 was cancelled after Justice Robin Mohammed granted the injunction.
The judge’s order also contained a penal notice warning the TTFA if it failed to comply with the terms of the order it would be in contempt and might be liable to jail time and its assets confiscated. The notice also warned any other person who knows of the order and does anything to help or permit the TTFA from breaching the terms of the order will also be held in contempt and may face jail time or have their assets seized
After Mohammed granted the injunction, Look Loy’s challenge was docketed to Rampersad, who transferred the case back to Boodoosingh.
“Clearly this is with a view to frustrating and/or preventing my accessing the bank statements and other documents with a view to increasing transparency and accountability within the sport,” he said in his affidavit in support of his judicial review claim.
Look Loy said David’s letter was ironic since in August 2017, David, as former league secretary to the Super League, wrote to the TTFA’s former general secretary telling him Look Loy had been duly elected to represent the league on the TTFA board.
Look Loy said he has taken part in board meetings and fulfilled his role as a director since March 2018.
He was elected by the Super League board to be its representative on the TTFA’s board on February 23, 2018. He was confirmed as a director of the TTFA on December 23, 2017, for four years.