The letter from former National football Coach Roderick “Rado” Griffith that sparked the move within GFA to provisionally suspend Cheney Joseph from the Presidency
To: Grenada Football Association
From: Roderick Griffith – Virtual Complainant
Date: Monday, January 21st, 2019
Subject: Conclusion of Court matter C.O.P vs Cheney Joseph in charges of assault and Insulting language laid against defendant Cheney Joseph.
This report is for the Executive Committee and dates back Monday 22ndJune, 2013 on the evening following such an executive meeting at which I, as the then sitting Vice-President of GFA, was accosted with a barrage of insulting language and subsequent assault.
These charges were laid against Cheney Joseph with me acting as Virtual Complainant, resulting in the matter C.O.P vs. Cheney Joseph before the Court.
This Court Matter, after some forty adjournments of which the vast majority was made by the defense and more than five years later, came to a conclusion on Tuesday 19thDecember, 2018 with Cheney Joseph being found guilty on both charges:
(1) For the offense of assault, Joseph was fined $400.00 to be paid on the spot, in default of which he will spend one month in prison.
(2) For the offense of insulting language Joseph was reprimanded and discharged.
The virtual complainant, Roderick Griffith indicated to the Court he was only willing to accept a written apology and that a copy of that apology should also be sent to the board of the Grenada Football Association. This was acceded to by all parties.
I am duty bound to provide this document to the GFA Executive; as presently, some are still members of this body who were present at the altercation from which the Court Matter arose.
I am still advocating that the role of the GFA Executive Committee is clearly articulated in the GFA Statutes.
I further hold that the Executive Committee of the GFA is a consensus body when it comes to decision making and the President cannot be the sole voice.
If this body malfunctions, the possibility of a dictatorship arises followed by corruption, bad governance and a plethora of negatives, thereby stunting the growth of football in Grenada.
The complete Executive body becomes culpable in such an event and each member is obligated to act.
This report to the GFA Executive Committee then is an encouragement to members to renounce these tendencies and remove those who tend to destroy the GFA and the development of football as a whole, and to seek redress, if necessary from the laws of the State, if our own GFA Statutes fail us.