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Chairman of the Normalisation Committee, Robert Hadad

THE FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, headed by Robert Hadad, said it has been trying its best to ensure the T&T Football Association (TTFA) has been running smoothly by providing salaries to all stakeholders and reducing debt.

A media release from the normalisation committee on Friday, said, “For more than 12 months, the normalisation committee has been working on sourcing funds to keep the players, staff, coaches and daily operations of the TTFA afloat.”

According to the release, the national team players and coaching staff members have been paid a total of US$788,000.

The normalisation committee said it has received guidance in an effort to improve the financial hardship in local football.

“In February 2021 the normalisation committee engaged Ernst & Young Services Ltd to verify the TTFA’s creditors. This was done to properly assess the damage done by years of poor governance.

"Ernst & Young also reported major policy, procedural and control deficiencies within the purchase to pay process of previous TTFA administrations. Ernst & Young’s report, dated April 9, 2021, revealed total estimated outstanding liabilities and unasserted claims (contingent liabilities) of approximately $98.5 million.”

The findings have been sent to the world football body. “The Ernst & Young findings and recommendations have been submitted to FIFA and are being used to develop a plan to deal with outstanding debt and inform much needed improvements to the TTFA’s financial governance.”

Following the FIFA/Concacaf fact-finding mission to T&T in February 2020 to assess the financial situation of TTFA, FIFA appointed a normalisation committee on March 17, 2020. The mission found that its extremely poor financial management practices, combined with massive debt, resulted in the TTFA’s inability to meet its financial commitments and facing a very real risk of insolvency.

As part of the corrective measures applied by FIFA, a team of financial and legal business leaders from T&T were recruited and installed with a clear mandate which includes establishing a debt repayment plan that is implementable by the TTFA.

“Over the coming weeks, the normalisation committee, will reveal the enablers needed and inhibitors identified as the committee collaborates with all TTFA stakeholders to fulfill its mandate in correcting the outstanding issues from previous TTFA administrations. As you can imagine this continues to be an incredibly complex operation and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding,” the release said.

SOURCE: T&T Newsday