Wired 868- The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has been suspended by Fifa with immediate effect, for ‘grave violations of the Fifa Statutes’.

The decision, which was taken today by the Bureau of the Fifa Council, means that Trinidad and Tobago clubs and national teams are now forbidden from taking part in international competition or reaping any benefits of membership to the Swiss-based body. It is an unprecedented move in the 112-year history of the local game.

A missive by Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura said the decision was made in accordance with article 16 of the Fifa Statutes. Samoura spelt out the cost to the Soca Warriors and warned the global body’s other 209 active member associations to steer clear of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Consequently, the TTFA loses all its membership rights, as defined in article 13 of the Fifa Statutes, with immediate effect,” stated Samoura. “TTFA representative and club teams are therefore no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

“This also means that as of 24 September 2020, neither the TTFA nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any developmental programmes, course or training from Fifa or the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).

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