Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2016 Contents the use of the name.
In a release yesterday, Melville revealed that in June,
the TTFA got an extension on their trademark request
in the US as they needed to provide the authority
with certain information. He noted the presentation
to the US Trademark office was filled with information
designed to open doors to Europe, and hinges par-
ticularly on their Trademark Proposal in the US.
Melville explained the European Application was
already filed under the Tim Kee administration with
hope that there will be benefits, if it succeeds under
the present administration.
He noted it is also rumoured that FIFA had an
arrangement with the Tim Kee-led administration
to conduct a pilot project with merchandising Soca
Warriors products. He said this was being done on
the basis that the TTFA owned the brand and would
introduce it in other countries. FIFA, he said, injected
US$800,000 towards the project.
According to Melville, the world governing body
for football later discovered that the brand did not
belong to the TTFA and cancelled the investment.
He told the Guardian he felt betrayed, as the John-
Williams led administration pretended to communicate
with him under the disguise of a possible settlement,
but had ulterior motives.
He is calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley,
President Anthony Carmona, Minister of Sports and
Youth Affairs Daryl Smith and Minister of Legal Affairs
Stuart Young to intervene.
Friday, August 12, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Sports commentator Selwyn Melville
has declared war on the T&T Football
The move follows a decision by the
Association to file for trademark in the
United States and Europe for the ownership
of the Soca Warriors brand.
The proceedings began under the Ray-
mond Tim Kee-led football association
but is being followed up by the TTFA, cur-
rently headed by David John-Williams.
Yesterday calls to Tim Kee s phone went
unanswered while Joanne Salazar, third
vice president of the present administra-
tion, did not respond to calls and voice
Melville has since initiated legal action
against the TTFA, confirming his legal
team has written to the Association and
is awaiting a response.
The Guardian understands the matter
is currently logged at the Intellectual Prop-
erty Office (IPO) here in Trinidad but the
IPO office is unable to give trademark to
any party until the local courts decide on
Melville has been in a battle with the
Association over the years, dating back to
the Jack Warner era over the ownership
of the Soca Warriors name, which he
claimed, was coined by him.
John-Williams appointed a committee
to meet with Melville and it was reported
that the Association was considering either
buying him out or rebranding.
Talks broke down after Melville report-
edly requested a whopping $30 million for
Curepe targets BFL
in Courts T20 semis
Triple crowned Central Zone champions BFL Sports
face a daunting task in their bid to add the Courts
Inter-Club T20 silverware to their trophy cabinet
when they come up against Curepe Sports in a mouth-
watering semi-final tomorrow at the National Cricket
Centre in Balmain, Couva.
The match, scheduled to start at 3 pm was originally
scheduled for last weekend but was postponed because
of the inclement weather.
The first semi-final featuring Biche Sports and Unity
was held yesterday. Despite the absence of several of
their key players, Brent Guiseppi of BFL is confident
that the Brasso, Caparo team can justify their tag as
Missing on the BFL roster tomorrow will be Guyanese
imports Raj Nanan, a left-arm spinner, and batting
all-rounder Winston Forrester who have left the team
to take up professional contracts in Canada. They will
also be without talented Tobagonians, Anthony and
Antonio Providence who have returned home, but
Guiseppi said that there are other talented players who
are expected to step into the breech.
"We still have a strong team and the absence of the
established players have opened up an opportunity for
the others on the fringe to step up to the plate," he
said in anticipation of Saturday s clash.
Guiseppi credited better management of the team
and the positive influence of captain Suruj Ragoonath
as the reason for BFL s strong 2016 campaign when
they swept the three major competition titles, and
carved an easy passage into the last four of the Courts
Guiseppi said that Ragoonath, the former West Indies
and T&T opener will be counted upon to exert the
advantages of his experience at the highest levels of
the game to take BFL into the final. He also pointed
to the performances of opening batsman Fidel Diaz,
their main fast bowler Akeal Awong, and Dylan Diaz
who all played a great part in the opening and quar-
ter-final rounds of the competition.
Their strong batting, controlled bowling attack, and
tight fielding helped BFL to steamroll Tobago Cricket
Association qualifiers Scarborough/Mason Hall, and
San Francique within one match of the championship.
Melville declares war on TTFA
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