PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — FIFA has signalled it will defend itself against a legal challenge filed by the former executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) by filing an entry of appearance in the High Court here on Tuesday.Football’s world governing body has retained the Port of Spain law firm of Dr Claude Denbow SC. The entry of appearance was filed by instructing attorney Donna Denbow, with Jerome Rajcoomar listed as junior counsel.Ousted TTFA President William Wallace and his team, represented by Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle, are challenging Fifa’s decision to remove them and appoint a normalisation committee to run the association’s affairs.The Wallace-led executive had initially taken their case to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but withdrew the matter earlier this month saying they were not likely to be get a fair hearing, given some of the decisions CAS had taken in the early stages of the case.With FIFA having filed an appearance to claim, it has 28 days from the May 19 date when it was served with notice of the TTFA’s claim to file a defence.The local football association is seeking the court’s intervention by way of a declaration that Fifa’s removal of the TTFA executive, which was elected to office on November 24, 2019, is null, void and of no legal and/or binding effect; a permanent injunction preventing FIFA from interfering in, and/or seeking to override the fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or from attempting removing the duly elected executive from office; and a permanent injunction preventing FIFA and/or its agents and/or assigns and/or servants from interfering in the day-to-day management of the TTFA, including the association’s bank accounts and real property.FIFA said it removed the executive because of mounting and potentially crippling debt, insisting that the local body faced “a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity” and urgent action was required.The TTFA stands to be suspended as a result of taking Fifa to the local courts, as Article 64 of the Fifa statutes prohibits member associations from taking internal disputes, or disputes affecting Leagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials and other association officials to ordinary courts of law.
Syracuse rose to the No. 1 ranking in both the Associated Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll on Monday, marking the first time SU has ascended to the top spot since the final week of the 2009-10 regular season.Following losses by Kentucky and Ohio State — the top two teams in last week’s polls — this past weekend, SU jumped two spots in each poll from the No. 3 ranking. Syracuse (10-0) received 51 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll and 28 of 30 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll.The Orange defeated George Washington 85-50 on Saturday, while the Wildcats fell to Indiana and the Buckeyes lost to Kansas.Following SU’s win over GW, Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said he saw Ohio State lost earlier in the day and watched a little of the Kentucky game. But even with the speculation SU would assume the top spot, he didn’t get too hyped over the notoriety.‘For us, it don’t matter,’ Jardine said after the game. ‘No. 3, No. 2, No. 1, it’s still the same.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOhio State ranked second behind SU in both polls, garnering seven first-place votes in the AP Top 25 and two first-place votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches’ poll. In the AP, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina round out the top 5. Kentucky, Louisville and Duke complete the top 5 for the ESPN/USA Today poll.The Orange’s next game is Saturday at North Carolina State (6-3), and it’s SU’s first true road game of the season.The last time Syracuse held the No. 1 ranking, it lost in its first week as the top team, falling at Louisville. Orange junior guard Brandon Triche stressed SU will be able to remain focused and ‘humbled,’ even as the No. 1 team, because of the constant competition for playing time.‘We just got to treat it like we’re the underdog,’ Triche said after the GW game. ‘We have to get better, and I think this year more than anything we have a lot of guys who are humbled. It’s so much competition even just being on the bench, everybody wants to play, so it’s not going to be a letdown for us.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on December 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments