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Dear Editor: Wallace is causing Fifa ‘good trouble’; we should be proud.
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“In little Trinidad and Tobago, with a bankrupt association, Mr Wallace and his team rightly challenged the motives of the Fifa, as well as the legality—to impose their own lieutenants who would bend to their will, while its own president makes his predecessor look like a church acolyte…”

In the following letter to the editor, Brian Ghent of Haleland Park, Maraval explains why he supports Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) officials in their legal struggle with Fifa:

‘Good Trouble’. Yes, the well respected late US Congressman John Lewis inspired many by encouraging all to stand up and do something when you see something is wrong.

This is what in effect Mr William Wallace and his team has done in challenging the legality, and more so the ‘rightness’ of Fifa’s decision to kick them out and impose a normalisation committee.

Justice Carol Gobin’s  judgement has articulated clearly what many an association has wanted to say for years, but have been silent because of their own inner collaborative corruption which members have benefitted from, or the mortal fear of being expelled from Fifa. (The latter being the one most referred to in T&T by football aficionados.)

In little Trinidad and Tobago, with a bankrupt association, Mr Wallace and his team rightly challenged the motives of the Fifa, as well as the legality—to impose their own lieutenants who would bend to their will, while its own president makes his predecessor look like a church acolyte. There are serious allegations of corruption and calls for his own suspension being reported internationally, but with only casual reference in the local media.

Every T&T citizen should be proud of the stance taken by Mr Wallace’s team. Every T&T citizen should be proud that Justice Gobin let these bunch of international scoundrels know that the laws of the country are supreme and that every citizen, person or incorporate body, has the right to seek redress in their own country.

Every citizen should follow Mr Wallace’s action and seek ‘Good Trouble’.