As a layman/former administrator of football, still with a vested interest of ensuring that Guyana, my beloved country achieves meaningful development and success of the sport, irrespective of who is in charge, but nevertheless will continue to publicly outline my personal position on issues, which are counter-productive to development, in all facets of the sport. However, in so doing a few “feathers may be ruffled”, but providing it’s not libelous and deals with personality issues, then my pen will continue to be a source of public edification!
Editor, while I was not privy to obtain a copy of FIFA’s mandate to the Normalisation Committee, for perusal, observation and subsequent comments, nevertheless, in my opinion the term” Normalisation Committee” can be equated with an “Interim Management Committee”, which apart from being appointed, usually elects its own Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer from within the Committee, unless, the “terms of reference, stipulates otherwise”! Is this the case with the Normalisation Committee? Have the principal players within the corridors of power, of FIFA, have conveniently shifted the goalposts to suit its own agenda, which in actuality will create further dissention, among the General Council membership of the GFF, under the guise that Guyana can be banned by FIFA, if in their estimation the work of the Committee is being stymied?
From all indications a dictatorial policy is being foisted upon the General Council. Whereby no request in writing, can be made to convene an “Emergency General Council Meeting”! Suffice it to say that it’s a constitutional articulation, in accordance to the GFF’s Constitution! Is this Fair Play? Definitely not, since the N.C’s Chairman is being empowered to operate as though he’s unaccountable to the local football fraternity but, rather to the dictates of FIFA/CONCACAF, as a consequence his public declaration “No General Council Meeting, until September”. Isn’t this within the same period that the life of the N.C comes to an end? If so be the case then why should a constitutional mandate be overlooked, yet, still engage members of the diplomatic community, in relation to: “Convening of Local Government elections, in accordance to the country’s constitution”?
In the final analysis the GFF’s Constitution must continue to maintain its “status quo” as the primary document, in observance of rules, regulations, laws, by-laws and statutes, until such time that the relevant amendments are made, while its articulation must be respected and adhered to, in relation to appointments and suspension. et.al.
With this factor being taken into consideration, Editor, Mr. Groeden’s appointment as General Secretary, along with the Deputy, is unconstitutional, and can be challenged at: An Emergency General Council Meeting; This will clearly indicate that the respective appointments are null and void, dictatorial and in defiance of constitutional articulation. In addition to the membership of the Normalisation Committee, overstepping its boundaries, since there was no consultation with the General Council, the “Highest Decision Making Forum”, in relation to the respective appointments! Utilizing Mr. Urling’s logic, Groeden was cleared by FIFA of any wrong doing “in the cash for votes scandal”. Then former Deputy General Secretary, Mr. George Rutherford, who was wrongfully dismissed by former President, Mr. Matthias, should be rehired, since he was not involved in any wrong doing that enabled any sanction!
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