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Court rules against TTFA in broadcast rights issue

Court rules against TTFA in broadcast rights issue

Trinidad-and-Tobago-Football-AssociationThe Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) must recognize the rights of Spanish broadcasters Telemundo as it relates to the airing of upcoming World Cup qualifiers, a T&T court has ruled.

The entities were locked in a dispute after TTFA president David John-Williams signed a document in February that indicated that the association refused to recognize the TV rights contract of Telemundo.

Telemundo bought the rights for the region’s World Cup qualifiers in 2015 from rights agency Traffic Sports.

Traffic was involved in controversy after CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was indicted in the US on corruption charges, a part of which included the taking of brides for the CONCACAF matches.

John-Williams argued that bribes paid by Traffic USA president Aaron Davidson to Webb when he was head of the Caribbean Football Union’s Normalisation Committee should invalidate the deal, which had cost the station US$30m.

In a ruling on Thursday, however, a judge disagreed and ruled that the television station be granted access to the stadium.

Trinidad and Tobago play Panama tonight and Mexico next Tuesday, both matches at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Estadio Centenario in MontevideoOut of court, Brazil was not intimidated by more than 60,000 raucous fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, beating second-place Uruguay 4-1 last night in South America’s World Cup qualifying.

Five-time champions Brazil retain the lead in the standings after 13 matches with 30 points. Uriguay 23 points stay second and well within the top four bracket that has automatic qualification for next year’s World cup finals in Russia after the ten nations complete two rounds of competition.

Midfielder Paulinho scored a surprising hat trick for Brazil with Barcelona star Neymar adding another.

Argentina beat Chile 1-0 thanks to a penalty scored by Lionel Messi and they have moved from fifth to third with 22 points.

Chile is in sixth with 20 points, behind also beaten Ecuador in fifth also with 20.

Fourth-place Colombia (22 points) also needed a penalty to score a 1-0 home victory against 9th place Bolivia.

Elsewhere, seventh-place Paraguay beat fifth-place Ecuador 2-1 and bottom team Venezuela drew 2-2 with eighth-place Peru.

Uruguay resented the absence of suspended targetman Luis Suarez, while Brazil missed teenage sensation Gabriel Jesus, who has a broken toe.

Brazil will miss defender Dani Alves in the clash against Paraguay on Tuesday in Sao Paulo — the match that will likely secure its spot in the next World Cup. Uruguay will travel to face Peru.

Messi’s goal at 16 minutes gave Argentina a valuable victory

The Chileans complained about the penalty decision, but failed to take advantage of an unimaginative Argentine team that managed to get few opportunities to score at the Monumental de Nunez in Buenos Aires.

The result takes pressure off Argentina, a team whose players have refused to talk to the media because of criticism they have endured over recent games. Bauza had to speak some words, but they were not too encouraging for the team’s future. “What matters is that we won,” the coach said. “This was very difficult. It was like a knock-out stage.”

In the next round, Argentina will travel to Bolivia.  Chile will take on Venezuela at home.