Following reports from Futbol Boricua regarding the possibility of suspension of the Puerto Rican football federation (FPF) by FIFA, the federation itself has now sounded off with a letter from President Eric Labrador to Puerto Rico FC’s legal advisor, David Rivé Power.
The letter states:
Dear Lcdo. Rivé Power,
In response to your e-mail received today March 17 in which you request “an official position about any possibility of disaffiliation of the FPF from FIFA”. I understand perfectly your worries regarding some false and speculative digital publications in the past couple of days. Through this medium I officially assure you that no process of disaffiliation of the FPF from FIFA exists. Also, I want you to know, that there is no risk of the FPF being disaffiliated or even the risk of such process being started.
The FPF is in good standing with FIFA and no circumstance currently exists that puts that good standing in jeopardy. Any information published stating the opposite is False, Defamatory, Libelous, and Ill Intentioned, looking to destabilize thee development of football in the island, in particular, the great job Puerto Rico FC has done in the North American Soccer League.
Please feel free to communicate with me (FPF President Eric Labrador) directly to clarify any question or issue related with the FPF. I have copied in this communication our legal advisor, Lcdo. Jaime Lamboy, and our vice presidents Lcdo. José Brenes-Laroche and Lcdo. Homero González to asses an possible action against the libelous expressions.
Once again, my best wishes and we are here to help in any issue related in benefit of football in Puerto Rico.
See you Saturday to kick off the 2017 NASL season.
Eric Labrador Rosa
Reports from the blog provided quotes suggesting the federation might see a suspension from FIFA, as well as see PRFC become ineligible to play.
Club president Thomas Payne spoke with TICC via email, providing insight that this would not be the case and the club would not be affected.
With President Payne’s quotes and the federation’s stance in their letter, all indications point to Puerto Rico’s home opener on March 25th taking place with no issue.