Clubs who were debarred from entering or voting at Sunday's Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the T&T Super League at the Queen's Park Oval are now seeking legal advice that could overturn the selection of delegates for the forthcoming T&T Football Association elections on November 24.
And one member has openly called on his colleagues to throw their support behind Terminix La Horquetta Rangers managing director Richard Ferguson, whose actions to date, he said, have been an example of what should happen in local football for it to progress.
Marabella Family Crisis Centre, Harlem Strikers, Phoenix FC and 500 Spartans, among other clubs, were informed Sunday that they had been suspended as members and shareholders when they showed up for the TTSL AGM. Guaya United boss Randy Hagley also was not allowed entry into the meeting had to threaten legal action before being given entry and also being allowed to vote.
Yesterday, two days after the meeting, Marabella FCC's Terrence Boissiere and Harlem Strikers Gregory Mc Sween made it clear they are not taking the action lightly.
The two, along with other clubs executives, said they have letters of commitment from the Super League that they will be included in the 2019 edition of the tournament after they missed the 2018 season due to registration mix-ups.
"As members of the T&TFA, we were not given letters of our suspension and for what reason, which is a mandatory process. I was informed of my club's suspension while having a drink at a bar," Mc Sween told the T&T Guardian.
Boissiere and Mc Sween believe the decision to suspend them constituted a major breach of the constitution and was unfairly done by TTSL president Keith Look Loy to get delegates to vote for his United TTFA slate at the coming TTFA elections.
Cunupia FC coach Michael De Four, who was allowed to vote on Sunday, told Guardian Media that Look Loy and the Super League executive had months to decide on a date to vote for delegates, but waited until a month before the TTFA election to hastily send out information, which some members may not have gotten. He said he believed this was done deliberately to keep certain members away.
Hagley echoed similar sentiments when contacted. Guaya United was one of eight TTSL delegates before Sunday but they have now been replaced. Guaya United, Petit Valley/Diego Martin United, Police FC and Cunupia FC were replaced among the delegate listing by RSSR, Prison Service, QPCC and UTT. The new eight delegates are now FC Santa Rosa, Prisons, Queen's Park, RSSR, UTT, Club Sando, Bethel United and San Fernando Giants.
Contacted on Tuesday, Look Loy said, "The Super League is a democratic organisation, decisions were taken and the entire League stands by those decisions and what anyone else has to say is immaterial, I have no response to that.
"I am not going to engage in any bacchanal with people who have been subjected to the rule of law by the majority of the League."
Meanwhile, the TTSL confirmed that Bethel United FC, Club Sando, FC Santa Rosa, Prisons FC, Queen's Park Cricket Club, RSSR FC, San Fernando Giants FC and UTT FC had been elected to represent TTSL at the 2019 TTFA AGM. In a release, it said 12 of the TTSL's 14 clubs participated in Saturday's AGM at the Queen's Park Oval and the meeting also unanimously approved the 2018 Activity Report and Audited Financial Statement. It added that Anderson Veronique was also elected to the TTSL board at the meeting.
As far as the TTFA election is concerned, Guaya United's Hagley has openly said he will support incumbent TTFA president David John-Williams in the election race, but De Four yesterday called on members to throw their support behind Ferguson, saying he has shown what should be done by clubs to generate money and become self-sustainable, as well as how football should be managed, in the short time he has been involved in local football.
"This is a man who has shown the capability to generate funds by the way he runs his club alone. He has also shown the ability to manage the sport the way the country needs it. Unlike the other candidates who are promising to secure funds, this man will be providing his funding and I am sure he will turn the fortunes of T&T football around if given a chance," De Four said.
He added, "I cannot imagine the electorate voting for anyone else but Ferguson, knowing what he has to offer. It will be sad if that happens."