Charpentier Group is Committed to Resolving ASA Governance Dispute

CALGARY, July 22 /CNW/ - The group headed by Mario Charpentier, which has been recognized as the properly elected board of the Alberta Soccer Association ("ASA") by the Canadian Soccer Association ("CSA"), is committed to resolving the current ASA governance dispute in compliance with ASA by-laws and the CSA's directives. Today's Interim Order provides time for the proper resolution of this dispute, but allows the business of the ASA to continue during that resolution process.

The CSA has recognized that Chris Billings is suspended by ASA and CSA has also suspended him. He has been directed to attend and make answer by the CSA through the processes set out in the ASA and CSA by-laws. That opportunity has been afforded Mr. Billings by the scheduling of two hearings. Mr. Billings has failed to attend these hearings.

The CSA has directed that any litigation is contrary to the by-laws of the ASA, CSA and FIFA. The failure to abide by that CSA directive threatens the future of soccer in Alberta. If forced to address this dispute in the courts, the Charpentier Group will vigorously defend themselves against the allegations set out in the two claims.

SOURCE Gowlings

For further information: For further information: Colin Innes, 403-615-2002

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