Players Banned for “Whipping” Referees
By Leroy M. Sonpon, III
The LFA boss and some of LFA referees
The Central Monrovia Sub Committee of the Liberia Football
Association (LFA) has banned three players for assaulting
(whipping) referee Abraham Sheriff during a league match
between Mimba point FC and Young Arsenal on Monday.
The three players are George Blamo and Alex Walker, both of
Mamba Point FC and Prince Weah of Bassa Community FC.
Striker George Blamo and his teammate Alex Walker were given
two-year suspension for “Indiscipline Action” against the
match official, while Prince Weah was slapped with 6-month
suspension, for lesser evil, which was done earlier.
According to the Game Director of the Central Monrovia Sub-Committe
of the Liberia Football Association third-division league,
Anthony Massaye, the players were banned for their rude
behavior exhibited against the referee, at the Antoinette
Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Monday.
He maintained that the Sub-Committee will not relent on
disciplining any player or team official who failed to show
“Letters to their suspension, have already been given to
their respective teams and we hope this will serve as a
deterrent,” Mr. Massaye told our reporter yesterday.
Statistics show that referees are typically been flogged by
players, fans and teams’ officials, who claimed to be
cheated, an event which led to the suspension and relegation
of 1st division outfit, FC Fassell.
According to reports, in Janaury-2011, players and fans of
Fassell FC whipped a referee Joe Macauley, who officiated
the match between them and Fulani FC at the Kakata Sports
Pitch in Margibi. The game ended 0-0.
After investigation, th team was fined US$1,500 for the
assault, but only paid US$500, an incident which caused a
“unforgiving decision” from the Executive Committee of the
LFA as a way to curtail players’ rudeness.
The EC suspended FC Fassell for one year and relegated the
team to 3rd division. The EC also rendered the players as
free agents and also banned Cassell Kuoh, the President of
FC Fassell indefinitely for match-fixing, pending
The FC Fassell boss, in desperate reaction to LFA’s
decision, sued the LFA to court and was accused of hiring
“thugs” for demonstrating in front of the headquarters of
thongs the LFA on Benson Street and at the house of the
President of the LFA (Musa Bility), in Duport Road.
In related development, the Sports Writers Association of
Liberia (SWAL) condemned the action taken by the Liberia
Football Association (LFA), through its Executive Committee
(EC), to relegate FC Fassell from first division to third
SWAL claimed that the LFA should have suspended the players
involved in the attack, as it is done in other parts of the
world, rather than relegating the team and declaring its
players as free agents, as well as reopening the transfer
window for the club’s players to find new clubs.
SWAL also frowned on the action taken by FC Fassell Boss Mr.
Cassell A. Kouh to take the matter to court with threat of
an injunction on the LFA league.
The group noted that the FC Fassell boss should have used
the arbitration means available to seek redress rather than
going to court.
Unfortunately, SWAL failed to condemn the strike action of
the “Thugs or Demonstrators” that protested in front of
house of LFA boss, which created fear and insecurity to the
Bility’s family and his neighbors.
Meanwhile, SWAL has therefore called for a conference
between both the LFA and FC Fassell family to resolve the
matter, which is yet to be resolved.