The T&T Football Association (TTFA) disciplinary committee headed by Newton George will decide on a protest lodged by DirecTV W Connection against Japs North East Stars’ use of Gorean Highley in the FA final at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on March 27, on Monday instead.
This after the scheduled meeting for April 7 at the TTFA’s Office, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo had to be postponed because of a lack of a quorum, and subsequent meetings also had to be put off some the same reason.
According to the T&TFA’s constitution no fewer than three members of the five-man panel of the disciplinary committee are needed for a quorum to take place, but this was not the case at the first scheduled meeting date as three members were unavailable, forcing the meeting to be postponed.
The Angus Eve-coached Stars’ went onto the win the match, 5-4 on penalty-kicks after the match ended 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes, and the 30 minutes of extra-time for its second triumph and first since 2003, also against W Connection.
However, prior to the final, W Connection chairman/owner/president, David John-Williams stated his intentions to protest the outcome of the encounter should Stars’ use Highley, who they deemed was transferred outside the international window from Malabar FC. But the Darryl Mahabir-owned Stars did not bow to the pressures of W Connection and still used Highley in the match, which they played most of the time with 10 men after the first-half expulsion of Jayson Joseph.
John-Williams, then followed up his intentions the next day by lodging an official protest with the TTFA, and while both parties have stood firm of their actions, it will all be decided by the TTFA disciplinary committee tomorrow.