7 Oct 2008

Samoa supreme court to preside over hearing for Samoa Football Soccer Federation

10:58 am on 7 October 2008

Samoa's senior Supreme Court judge, Lesatele Rapi Va'ai, will preside over a hearing of the country's first Sports Dispute Tribunal this week relating to the financial debts of more than half a million US dollars currently faced by the Samoa Football Soccer Federation.

The tribunal will be also presided by a prominent local lawyer, Tuala Karanita Enari, and a church minister, Dr Iutisone Salevao, of the Congregational Christian Church.

The financial debts of the SFSF has created differences between the current president, Tole'afoa Tautulu Roebeck, and the Oceania Football Confederation based in Auckland who decided in a meeting last week-end to suspend Samoa's football body.

Several soccer fans and former executive members of the local federation are expected to give evidence in the hearing.