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8,000 fans needed for Liberia/Cote D Ivoire Game

Kolubah Zayzay
The Ivorian National Team
The Ivorian National Team

(elbcradio.com/Oct. 21, 2015)-Liberia Football Association President, Musa Bility, says only eight thousand football fans are needed at the Liberia vs Ivory Coast match.

The match is part of Fife’s world Cup qualifiers, scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

Mr. Bility made the disclosure Tuesday when he addressed the Information Ministry’s regular News Conference on Capitol Hill.

The LFA President said: “The security issue at the stadium has become a serious concern for the country and football authorities and, as such, measures are being taking to curtail any misconduct recurrence during the November 14 game.”

Mr. Bility also said the LFA will increase the price of tickets for the game to avoid stadium over crowdedness, because the fixture has drawn the attention of huge spectators in Liberia.

“Tickets for around the field will be sold for US$10.00, while VIP tickets will be sold only to the LFA Sponsors and government VIPs, he emphasized.

Football World Governing Body (FIFA) recently handed Liberia a serious warning for crowd trouble, and the country could face sanction, if passed over crowdedness are repeated during the game between Liberia’s Lone Star and the Elephants of Ivory Coast.

The LFA was also fined more than US$20,000.00 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for pitch invasion following Liberia’s win over Tunisia.

FIFA could ban Liberia’s stadiums from hosting international matches for up to two years, if fans engage in any act of misconduct during the game.

The Liberian Football Chief noted that the game will be televised for fans who will not make it to the stadium, stressing: “Our decision due to the limited space at the oldest football stadium with a capacity of only 12,000 spectators.”

The largest football stadium in the country, the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex (SKD) takes in only 35,000 fans.

The match will not be played at the SKD Sports Complex, because the stadium is currently undergoing serious renovation.
Liberian security chiefs are presently putting in place security measures for that fixture.

Musa Bility wants all patriotic Liberians stage a campaign of their own to discourage people against forcing their way to go on the field without tickets.

He further disclosed that the visitors have asked to bring in 1,000 spectators from Ivory Coast, but he, however, added that the LFA has rejected the Ivorian sports authorities’ request.

The local FA wants them reduce the number on grounds that it cannot guarantee the security of such huge number of fans.

 


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