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FIFA Suspends Trinidad and Tobago, Complicating Gold Cup, World Cup Qualifying

The Trinidad and Tobago men's national team

FIFA has suspended the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, dealing the federation a potentially massive setback entering what should otherwise be a significant year.

Trinidad & Tobago’s men’s national team, which famously prevented the U.S. from reaching the 2018 World Cup, is slated to compete in Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying, but on account of a dispute between its federation and FIFA, that’s all on hold.

The suspension centers on the TTFA taking FIFA to a local court regarding FIFA’s attempt to appoint a normalization committee to temporarily run the federation, whose previous leadership “had engaged in various acts of serious mismanagement,” according to FIFA. When FIFA had announced its decision to impose itself in March 2020, it says it “found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organization and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.”

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