FIFA has suspended Trinidad and Tobago from international football after its football association (TTFA) pursued a dispute through the country’s High Court in contravention of the world governing body’s statutes.
FIFA in a statement said Trinidad and Tobago were issued a Sept. 16 deadline to withdraw the case which was extended to Sept. 23 before the decision was taken to suspend the TTFA.
The TTFA and FIFA have been at loggerheads since March after the world governing body dissolved the executive of the cash-strapped association, NAN reports.
FIFA had installed a normalisation committee after they concluded the TTFA’s former leadership had “engaged in various acts of serious mismanagement”.
This was opposed by TTFA president, William Wallace and contested in court.
“The suspension was prompted by the former leadership of the TTFA lodging a claim before a local court in Trinidad and Tobago in order to contest the decision of the FIFA Council to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA,” FIFA wrote in a statement.
Trinidad and Tobago are scheduled to play Guyana in their next competitive fixture on Oct. 8, the start of their qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.