Liberian referee gets 2 years ban for collecting L$20,000

The Liberia Football Association (LFA) have, with immediate effect, banned referee Josephus Torjilar for two years. It followed an investigation of bribery conducted by the LFA grievance and disciplinary committee and integrity and compliance officer Morris Nahndi Barsi Giah. During the investigation on 30 July, referee Torjilar admitted to have received L$20,000 (US$100) through a mobile money transfer after a second division match relegation play-off match between Srimex FC and Pags FC at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on 21 July, which Pags won 2-0.

The committee found referee Torjilar’s admittance a violation of chapter 13, section two point three of the rules governing the 2019 Orange-sponsored LFA national league. It states that any referee(s) or match official(s) accused of taking bribe shall be investigated by the disciplinary committee and if found guilty, such match official shall be banned for two years.

Referee Torjilar was also found guilty of having violated chapter 13, section two point six, which states that “match officials are not allowed to accept gifts of any kind from members of clubs, etc. (cash or kind) before, during and after a match. Match official(s) caught will be immediately suspended.” All LFA members, sub-associations, sub-committees, affiliates and partners, including the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Liberia National Old-timers Association (LONA), are hereby asked to observe and enforce referee Torjilar’s ban .

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