Saturday, January 20, 2018

Football greed


OVERWHELMED: Former Soca Warrior Brent Sancho and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the Diplomatic Centre on Monday. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

 Firstly, I would like [to thank] the Prime Minister for bringing the football fiasco to an end although there is some element of politicking. This is inescapable as she is, after all, a politician.

However, I have come to the conclusion the relentless action by the footballers is as a result of greed, selfishness and ungratefulness. Probably they have never heard the quote by the great American president who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.

I remember one of the first statements made by St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins after he won the gold medal at the World Championships in the 100 metres. He said he knows his country is in no position to give him any money, but that was okay since it was just his honour to represent his country. What an exemplar and a patriot!

Collins won gold for his tiny country, but these footballers didn’t even score a goal or win a match, yet they were prepared to destroy football in this country for ten pieces of silver.

As Jack Warner explained due to his over-exuberance and impetuousness following the nil-nil draw with Sweden, he went into the players’ dressing room and promised the players a percentage of the revenue of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), without the concurrence of the TTFF.

How could these players seek to destroy local football due to an impromptu decision of an adviser and not the organisation itself? Each player had already received a gift of $1 million plus other payments. To my horror, I read in the Express that after receiving the money from the Prime Minister, these blood-suckers are still bent on pursuing the money from the TTFF. When will the greed end?

Leslie Gilkes

San Fernando