Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 19th 2015 Contents "When a player enters a national team, a number
of things must be listed out to him, such as how much
he will earn in match fees among many other things.
It cannot be like now where players have to lobby for
match fees months after the game because when
players leave their professional clubs to represent their
country, they are putting themselves at risk of getting
injured," Eve said.
He added: "I have seen a situation where a TT
player left his club to represent his country and he
was injured in a match and eventually lost his contract.
Now if players are not properly compensated for their
service while on national duty, what will happen to
them?" Eve asked. Attempts to reach Sancho, Jack or
Hislop proved futile.
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Former national midfielder now turned
coach Angus Eve is calling on the Football
Players Association of T&T (FPATT) to
come to the assistance of the Soca Warriors
The footballers are locked in talks with
the T&T Football Association (TTFA) over
match fees for the Concacaf Gold Cup, the
International Friendly match with Nicaragua,
the World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala
on November 13 and the game against the
United States here at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium on November 17.
On Wednesday, the board of directors of
the TTFA formed a three-member com-
mittee to address the issue of payments to
the players and they are to meet with the
players representative Jan Michael Williams
or Kenwyne Jones this week.
The FPATT was formed in 2007 out of
a similar battle for monies owed to the
players from the TTFA and then special
adviser Jack Warner regarding the 2006
World Cup campaign.
Among the items the organisation had
promised to negotiate with the authorities
on behalf of the players were: match fees
insurance for the players; to provide a vehicle
to facilitate collective bargaining on behalf
of the membership including pre-set inter-
national appearance fees; a maximum stan-
dard contract of employment for professional
footballers and youth players; security for
clubs and players; a system that would offer
access free legal advice and the implemention
of a professional footballers group pension
scheme, among many others.
Contacted yesterday, Eve called on the
FPATT to assist the players, saying both
Michael Williams and Jones should not have
to be representing the players now. According
to the St Ann s Rangers coach a number of
players were at the forefront when the organ-
isation was formed, such as Central FC man-
aging director Brent Sancho, former national
goalkeeper Shaka Hislop and another goal-
keeper Kelvin Jack.
Eve said: "As soon as those players were
paid by TTFA and the government their
World Cup monies, it seem as though FPATT
became non-functional. I have not heard
from FPATT after monies were paid to those
players and the sad thing is that we have a
situation similar to what happened back in
According to Eve, the coach of Naparima
College, the reigning InterCol and premiership
champion school team: "Players are not sup-
posed to be fighting battles to be paid. What
that does is take away from their focus on
the game. This is why players have managers
and agents and its what FPTT should be
He told the T&T Guardian he felt disap-
pointed by the latest episode of players having
to fight for money that belonged to them.
Eve calls on FPATT to
help Soca Warriors
Angus Eve.....Former national player.
1. To provide an elected representative
body that can address the concerns of
professional footballers in T&T.
2. To achieve 100 per cent membership of
professional footballers in T&T.
3. To provide professional footballers with
the ability through a representative body to
help govern and shape the future of
profesional football in T&T.
4. To provide a vehicle to facilitate
collective bargaining on behalf of the
membership including pre-set international
5. To provide a maximum standard
contract of employement for professional
footballers and youth players to provide
security for clubs and players alike and to
give players access to free legal advice.
6. To arrange sponsorship and funding to
put into place insurance for players in case
of career ending injuries.
7. To work alongside TTFF to help
encourage football in the community
projects to help to increase the attraction of
the professional game in T&T with both
supporters and prospective players.
8. To arrange an affordable professional
footballers group pension scheme with the
long term aim of clubs contributing on
behalf of players.
9. To provide education and advice to
assist players leaving the game to obtain
new careers outside football.
10. To liaise with FIFPRO and the other
CONCACAF players associations to develop
similar working practices across the region,
improving the attraction of football as a
profession and increasing the standards of
professional football in the Caribbean.
11. To lobby for changes in the governing
of the game at all levels to provide financial
12. To provide player representation for
the benefit of players and clubs alike, to
reduce much needed finances going to
outside parties, and to arrange in
association with the TTFF more stringent
SOME OF THE FPATT OBJECTIVES
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