News reaching Liberia Sportsonline.com can confirm that, FIFA badged George Rogers, center referee for the match between Margibi County and Nimba County has been banned from national level officiating, the second quarter-final match in the ongoing National County Sports Meet (NCSM) 2018/19.
Whilst Fourth official (reserve referee) Kofa Doe also will serve a ban of 1 month at national level.Assistant referee number one Johnson Gbartea, also a FIFA badged, and assistant referee number two Cunningham Miller have been suspended for two weeks at the national level.
It can be recalled that Saturday 5th January, 2019, in the other quarterfinals match, Margibi County defeated Nimba County 5-4 in post-match penalties after both teams failed to get a curtain raiser during the full 90 minutes. This left many irate fans leaving the complex with mixed feeling. This banned is coming after Nimba had complained to the organizers about “the failure of the match officials to implement article 7.2 and article 7.3 of the rules governing the 2018/2019 NCSM”.
Article 7.2 states “that the quarter and semi-final matches shall be played in accordance with the cup system by direct elimination of the loser”.
Article 7.3 states “that if after the 90 minutes of a football match ends in a draw, extra time of two times fifteen (2X15) minutes shall be played. If no goal is scored during the period of extra time, penalty kicks shall be taken to determine a winner”.
The match officials should have unconditionally implemented the rules governing the tournament.
Margibi will now face Gbarpolu in the semis to determine who will qualify for the final. The semi-finals in both football and kickball will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
According to a release from the LFA dated 8th January, 2018 and signed by its new Public Relation /Communication Consultant, Danesius Marteh.
Their sanctions followed a formal complaint lodged by Nimba following their defeat to Margibi on Saturday from “kicks from the spot” otherwise known as post-match penalties.
In a related development Alex Nagbo will serve a two-month ban from all match-commission duties.
According to LFA Secretary General Isaac Montgomery, their bans take immediate effect and the result stands. This brings to six the number of match officials, who have been penalized after a review of their performances in the tournament.
It can be recalled that referee J. Francis Smith was recalled from the group stage in Nimba and suspended for six months having unjustly awarded a goal to Gbarpolu against Montserrado on December 16, 2018.Smith ignored the decision of Kayee Gray, who was assistant referee #1, and awarded what was a clear offside goal to Gbarpolu. According to match commissioner’s report, Smith unjustifiably overruled Gray for a clear offside before the third minute of the match. Smith’s error caused the match to end 2-1 in favor of Gbarpolu.
story by Staff Reporter