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GFA Council to decide on suspended executive members

Randy Campbell - was one of the suspended five

The Council of the Grenada Football Association (GFA) is expected to meet on May 25 to decide the way forward for (5) five executive members suspended from their duties at an extraordinary meeting on April 6th.

Communications Officer at GFA, Neisha Peters made the disclosure last week Thursday during a telephone conversation with THE NEW TODAY newspaper.

“At that meeting, they would decide where they go from there,” said Peters, in response to questions about the duration of the suspension period, which was not indicated in a press release announcing the suspension of the executive members earlier this month.

Those suspended were 2nd Vice President, Patrick Francis, Women’s Representative, Renae Samuel, Director for St. John, Randy Campbell, Director for St. George, Nigel Gibbs and Director for St. Andrew, Peter Blair.

The move against the five follows the provisional dismissal of GFA President Joseph last January, pending an inquiry into the outcome of a recent court matter involving himself and former GFA Vice President and former national football coach, Roderick ‘Rado’ Griffith.

The motion to provisionally dismiss Joseph was moved by the women’s representative and received strong support from the other four (4) members.

Joseph was forced to step down in light of an assault conviction at the level of a St. George’s Magistrate in a case brought against him for assault by Griffith, who like also the GFA boss were members of Queen’s Park Rangers football team.

Renae Samuel – filed the motion against the GFA President

The move against Joseph was reversed by the international football body, FIFA, which communicated to then acting President Allan James that it “continues to recognise Joseph as the duly elected President,” and ordered his reinstatement.

The April 6th Council meeting, which suspended the five members, was the first, since the return of  Joseph at the helm of local football and according to the GFA; was attended by 22 delegates and several observers.

Upon resuming his presidency, Joseph issued a statement to the media, in which he sought to give assurance that he is “committed to the development of football and working along with the Executive to fulfill the mandate, which we have been entrusted with.”

He said then that “those who insisted on bringing football into disrepute must be held accountable for their actions as deemed by our statutes”.

Joseph went on: “The seriousness of their actions cannot and should not be ignored. However, now is not a time for revenge but instead healing, soul searching and discussions with all stakeholders to bring positive change to the association.

“We must never have a repeat of the recent past if Grenada’s football and its continued development are to be taken seriously. As President, the Executive’s top priority is to restore confidence in the FA, its vision and leadership. Not only Council but each affiliate must be engaged regarding outstanding issues, but football must also continue.

“We have a tremendous opportunity if all come together in the interest of moving the football agenda forward. We must not waste it. We must all play our part and not be over shadowed by over zealousness and the pursuit of power.

“At this time, I will like to give the football fraternity my assurance that I remain 100 percent committed to the development of football and working along with my Executive to fulfill the mandate which we have been entrusted with.

“To my accusers, though disappointed, I forgive you. We can no longer afford the divide among us to continue to hurt football. Let us drop the egos and resentment. Let us do what is necessary and right for football.”

All attempts made by THE NEW TODAY to contact Joseph and the five suspended members for a comment on the latest development surrounding the disciplinary action taken have been futile.

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