TTFA president demands apology from US Embassy for 'lies' against his administration

By August 10, 2018
David John Williams has accused the US Embassy in Trinidad of lying and has demanded an apology. David John Williams has accused the US Embassy in Trinidad of lying and has demanded an apology.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation David John-Williams is demanding an apology from the United States Embassy for what he says are lies against his administration.

The US Embassy had accused John-Williams of ‘dropping the ball’ with respect to members of TT’s U15 team not being granted visas to participate in the CONCACAF U15 tournament currently underway in Florida.

John-Williams comments came after the Trinidad and Tobago girls Under-15 team failed to obtain visas to the United States to compete at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship which began on August 7.

In light of the situation, the TTFA president suggested that the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) should seriously consider the logic of placing future tournaments in the United States because most of its Caribbean members are being adversely affected by USA visa restrictions.

In what is seen as an unprecedented move, the US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre accused the president of letting his side down as it related to the situation with the visas.

"Our Embassy for months noted that individuals and groups should plan well in advance for any trips to the USA. The Trinidad and Tobago Girls Under-15 representatives approached the Embassy about visas after we were closed on Tuesday, July 31 to get their visas by Friday, August 3 with the Emancipation holiday in between," McIntyre said in a statement.

“I will be blunt.  Mr. Williams and the TTFA just flat out dropped the ball on the visa process.  Our Embassy for MONTHS noted that individuals and groups should plan well in advance for any trips to the USA.  The Trinidad and Tobago Girls Under-15 representatives approached the Embassy about visas after we were closed on Tuesday, July 31 to get their visas by Friday, August 3 with the Emancipation holiday in between.

“No names or details about the visa applicants were provided.  Even after games were rescheduled, there was too little time allowed, just two working days for an established 7-10-day process, not to mention that this is peak visa season when most people have to wait six weeks just for a visa interview.”

However, John-Williams speaking to Newsday contradicted McIntyre's claim that the TTFA approached the embassy after it closed on July 31. He said visas were already paid for on July 26.

“We applied for the visas at no different time than we normally would apply. We made every possible representation, from the Ministry of Sport, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CONCACAF, the US Olympic Committee to get a group appointment for the girls. And it was unsuccessful,” John-Williams told Newsday.

“Historically, this is not the first time that this has happened with a Caribbean team with visas. I, myself, had an audience with (CONCACAF president) Victor Montagliani and I said it really cannot continue this way. If you look at it, everybody (have) to get a visa to go to the United States.

“It’s a situation that CONCACAF needs to look at, in terms of where they place the tournaments. The USA has the facilities to (stage) these tournaments. Gradually Trinidad and Tobago (are) getting there to start to host tournaments like these. With the exception of Mexico, Canada and the US, almost everybody has to get a visa to go the US. That, in itself, is a challenge.”

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • PSV forward Malen included in Netherlands squad for September qualifiers PSV forward Malen included in Netherlands squad for September qualifiers

    Ronald Koeman has named uncapped PSV forward Donyell Malen in Netherlands' provisional squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Germany and Estonia.

    The 20-year-old has started seven of PSV's eight matches this season and is in contention to make his senior international bow next month.

    An initial 29-man group has been named for the games against Germany in Hamburg on September 6 and Estonia in Tallinn three days later.

    Ajax centre-back Joel Veltman has been recalled by Koeman but there is still no room for Lyon right-back Kenny Tete, who has been used as a sub in Lyon's first two Ligue 1 matches.

    Beaten UEFA Nations League finalists Netherlands also have Liverpool pair Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum in their squad, while Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt are in line to feature in both matches.

    Netherlands squad in full:

    Marco Bizot (AZ), Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord), Jeroen Zoet (PSV); Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Daley Blind (Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Hans Hateboer (Atalanta), Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Inter); Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Propper (Brighton and Hove Albion), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Kevin Strootman (Marseille), Tonny Vilhena (Krasnodar), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool); Ryan Babel (Galatasaray), Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Steven Bergwijn (PSV); Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Donyell Malen (PSV), Memphis Depay (Lyon), Quincy Promes (Ajax), Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg).

     

  • Slimani leaves Leicester City for season-long Monaco loan Slimani leaves Leicester City for season-long Monaco loan

    Leicester City have sent Islam Slimani on a season-long loan to Monaco, who confirmed the deal includes an option to buy.

    Algeria striker Slimani joined Leicester from Sporting CP for a reported £28million in 2016 but he has failed to live up to expectations in the Premier League.

    The 31-year-old struggled to dislodge Jamie Vardy at King Power Stadium after scoring eight goals in all competitions in his first season in England.

    Slimani spent the second half of the following campaign on loan at Newcastle United and was shipped out to Fenerbahce last term.

    "I am very happy to be involved with Monaco, a big club that aims to fight for the first places in the championship and to qualify for European competitions," Slimani said.

    "I will give everything to help the club achieve its goals."

    Slimani won the Africa Cup of Nations in July, appearing as a late substitute as Algeria defeated Senegal in the final.

    Reports in England suggest Monaco are closing in on Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina as their next signing.

    Leonardo Jardim's men have struggled in the early part of the new season, recording successive 3-0 losses in their opening two fixtures.

  • Fiorentina seal Franck Ribery signing Fiorentina seal Franck Ribery signing

    Franck Ribery has completed a move to Serie A side Fiorentina following his departure from Bayern Munich.

    Ribery, 36, became a free agent when his Bayern contact expired at the end of June.

    The French winger spent 12 years in Bavaria, winning nine Bundesliga titles, and was given a warm welcome by Fiorentina fans when he flew into Florence on Wednesday.

    The length of the deal has not been confirmed, but reports in Italy indicate it will run for two years.

    "I am here with my family. We're doing something together," Ribery told reporters when he arrived in Florence.

    "I have already spoken to Fiorentina and Luca Toni, who told me this was a great club and a beautiful city."

    Vincenzo Montella could potentially include Ribery in his squad for Saturday's season opener at home to Napoli, who are coached by former Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti.

    Premier League club Sheffield United, A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers and teams in Saudi Arabia and Qatar had all been linked to the former Marseille star.

    Ribery made 25 appearances and 10 starts in his final Bundesliga campaign, scoring six goals.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.