GFA meets deadline for injunction removal from Court
– Three clubs written to about possible reinstatement
As mandated during the recent visit by the FIFA / CONCACAF who came to Guyana to mediate in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the Georgetown Football Association (GFA), Secretary of the Association Christopher Matthias in invited comments with Kaieteur Sport yesterday confirmed that the entity has filed a notice to withdraw the injunction against the local governing body.
Matthias told this newspaper that the GFA’s Attorney Roysdale Forde had filed the notice to withdraw the injunction yesterday, the deadline stipulated by the FIFA / CONCACAF team for all legal matters to be withdrawn.
On the issue of the reinstatement of the three clubs Alpha United, Pele and Western Tigers, Matthias said that the GFA had written to the clubs and was now awaiting their respective responses which is due latest tomorrow.
Under the terms of the agreement, the following points have been accorded by both parties, where each party respectively undertakes the following responsibilities:
1. GFA agrees to permanently withdraw all legal actions lodged before the ordinary Courts of Guyana against the GFF by 14 January 2013;
2. GFF agrees to immediately reinstate all membership rights to the GFA upon withdrawal of all aforementioned legal actions;
3. Upon the signing of this Agreement, GFA agrees to offer to reinstate all membership rights to Alpha United FC, Western Tigers FC and Pele FC. The aforementioned clubs will be granted until 16 January 2013 to accept reinstatement and to make nominations for the upcoming GFA Executive Committee elections;
4. GFA agrees to hold an Electoral Congress on 19 January 2013 for the election of its Executive Committee and that such Congress will be monitored by the GFF;
5. GFF agrees to hold its annual Ordinary Congress by 15 April 2013, at which elections for its Executive Committee will be held;
6. GFF shall take all necessary steps to create as soon as possible, but no later than 31 January 2013, an Electoral Commission comprised of 3 independent persons to oversee and supervise its electoral process in accordance with the principles of the FIFA Standard Electoral Code. Such nomination will be confirmed by FIFA;
7.GFA agrees to reimburse to GFF all reasonable expenses associated to the May 2011 annual Ordinary Congress, upon presentation of the respective invoices. In case of dispute in relation to the relevance of a presented invoice, the matter will be submitted to FIFA and CONCACAF for a decision;
8.GFF agrees that it will offset all amounts owed to the GFA from the aforementioned expenses linked to the May 2011 annual Ordinary Congress;
9.GFF and GFA acknowledge that recourse to ordinary courts is prohibited under the provisions of FIFA, CONCACAF and GFF Statutes and expressly guarantee not to seek such recourse to ordinary courts to settle their disputes in the future. GFF and GFA are aware of the potential sanctions that could be imposed by FIFA and CONCACAF in case of breach of the aforementioned provision.