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AT LONG LAST- Referee Josephus Torjilar returns to the national league

Torjilar was called-up to replace Washington Dolo, who was sick, when Watanga FC defeated Bea Mountain 2-1 at the Blue Field. 

He played with Francis Sannoh (assistant referee #1), Krubo Gborluma (assistant referee #2), Musa Sesay (fourth official) and D. Sheba Brown (match commissioner).

Torjilar’s return followed the lifting of his two-year ban at the 25th ordinary congress of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) at the Samuel Kanyon Doe sports complex in Paynesville on 6 March.

He was banned on August 14, 2019 for accepting a bribe following an investigation conducted by the LFA grievance and disciplinary committee.

During the investigation, Torjilar admitted he received US$100 after a second division relegation play-off match that saw Pags FC beat Srimex FC 2-0. His ban was first lifted by the executive committee and endorsed at the 24th ordinary congress in Paynesville on 12 June 2020.

But Stages FC asked the grievance and disciplinary committee to reopen Torjilar’s case.

“The disciplinary committee upheld and agreed that Josephus should be set free since there was no [new] evidence. The disciplinary committee is part of the judicial committee, where we (as stakeholders and executive committee, don’t have that authority to review.

“Whatever decision that comes from there and whoever that wants to challenge it has a forum to go and that is to CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport],” said LFA executive committee member Cllr. Joseph Kollie, who chairs the legal and referee committees at the congress.

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