|STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING BETWEEN THE TTFF AND MINS. OF SPORT|
|The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation attended a meeting called today by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs at 2.30pm to discuss the pending dispute surrounding the rental of the Hasely Crawford Stadium for the June 1st 2008 Centennial game between Trinidad & Tobago and England.
Attending the meeting on behalf of the TTFF was President Mr. Oliver Camps, Special Advisor Jack Warner and Attorney-at-law Om Lalla. The Minister, together with the representatives of the Ministry including its legal advisor attended the meeting.
The TTFF outlined its position pursuant to the letter sent by its legal advisor and indicated that the lease agreement forwarded mere days before a historic game and subsequent to the TTFF’s contract with the English FA was unacceptable morally and in commercial terms.
The TTFF indicated that its problem was not that a lease was prepared but rather that the only time the TTFF was made aware of a lease or any new proposed terms was mere days before the international game.
The TTFF also indicated that the terms of the agreement with commercial entities had no bearing on the terms of the rental of a stadium.
The TTFF also indicated that TV rights were given to the English FA for England and Europe as a condition precedent for them to play in Trinidad. To date, no one has contracted with the TTFF for the TV rights of the Caribbean or the Americas or even Trinidad. Accordingly, no commercial revenue has been received to date by the TTFF for TV rights.
The TTFF indicated that its hope was that the Minister in his deliberations would consider not only his eleventh hour proposed lease but the benefit the national community will derive from the game. It was also indicated that the unfortunate event is now in the international media and the world will await anxiously to see what proposal the Minister arrives on Friday. The future of this game and football nationally is now in the hands of the Honourable Minister of Sport.
It is with great disappointment that the TTFF has been informed that the Minster in his press conference misrepresented the terms and issues raised and discussed in the meeting and accordingly has demonstrated his lack of bona fide in seeking a resolution of this matter. The TTFF will request its Attorney to take the appropriate steps to insure that its interest is protected in this matter.
Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation
Issued on May 21, 2008