T&T footballers tired of games - national defender Bateau wants action on outstanding sums

By Sports Desk December 21, 2018
T&T defender Sheldon Bateau T&T defender Sheldon Bateau

Trinidad and Tobago international Sheldon Bateau has accused TTFA president David John Williams of playing games with the country’s national representatives in relation to outstanding sums still owed to several players.

According to the defender, the team has not been paid match fees since the October 2017 World Cup qualifier against the United States.  Since that match, where T&T secured a famous 2-1 win that knocked their CONCACAF counterparts out of the World Cup qualifiers, the team has gone on to play eight friendly matches.

With the TFFA finding itself facing a mountain of debtors, Bateau has claimed that the organisation’s boss has proved elusive to pin down for discussions regarding the issue.

“We (men players) know for sure that they have financial problems,” Bateau told the T&T Newsday.

“One of the main problems is that we’re playing friendly games and (the TTFA) is collecting monies for these games. The money is going elsewhere besides dealing with the players who are playing in these games… you can’t have players playing for (US) $300 and waiting a year to get it. For me that’s wrong,” he added.

“We, as players, always want to find the best solution,” he said. “(We) are willing to sit and talk. But when you try to reach out to him, sometimes he’s not willing to talk, he would send a response with someone else. Once in a blue moon we’ll get him to come face-to-face and talk.

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