PORT-OF-SPAIN: Battling members of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2006 World Cup intend to undertake direct legal action against Security Minister Jack Warner over his role as former special adviser and controller of the federation’s finances.
Media reports from Port of Spain stated the 13 Soca Warriors have retained a Queen’s Council in the UK to assess the next step beyond their current claim against the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.
The TTFF has said it would be bankrupted if the players maintain their long-running claim for millions of dollars from the 2006 campaign in Germany but the players say they would then claim against the assets.
Goalkeeper Kelvin Jack said: “We have engaged a QC (Queen’s Counsel) here in England who is studying every part of the case and if I were the National Security Minister I would be concerned.
“The QC and his assistants are looking at the role Jack (Warner) played. We have seen some transactions that directly involve Jack Warner, and it is something we are investigating. We are just making sure that everything is airtight.”
The UK-based Sports Dispute Resolution Panel and Trinidad and Tobago High Court have both ruled in the players’ favour but securing the money has proved impossible thus far.
Last month the Warriors wrote to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and TTFF president Raymond Tim Kee informing them of their intention to liquidate the assets of the TTFA.
Jack said: “What they have done is wrong. It’s 100pc wrong. This is not a joke, this is not a bluff. They have no interest in paying us, but they can pay QCs.”
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