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Rowdy home-fans expose Liberia to FIFA fine

By Richard Manuba
FIFA president Sepp Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-Liberia has been fined more than US$20,000 by football’s world governing body (FIFA). 

The LFA made the disclosure through the local media Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Paynesville, Liberia’s second largest commercial city, suburb of Monrovia.

The fine was imposed on Liberia for the local fans’ misconduct when the country lost to Senegal 2-0 in a world cup qualifier match in Monrovia in June, 2013.

A special statement released by the Liberia Football Association (LFA), confirmed the latest FIFA’s disciplinary action against the country.

The LFA, in the statement, said: “The unrelenting misconduct of football fans in Liberia has yet again landed the Liberia Football Association in trouble with FIFA, this time around, imposing a mammoth cash fine on the country.”

The decision was stamped by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee on July 24, 2013, and after going through the various chains of command, it was communicated to the Liberian FA Monday, September 2, 2013.

It its decision, FIFA mandates that the LFA pays CHF 20,000 (US$21,360.00) in strict adherence to Article 66, paragraph 1, and Article 67, paragraph 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

The disappointing home game was played June 16, 2013 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville.

Paynesville is Liberia’s second largest commercial city, suburb of the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

The LFA is also mandated to bear the cost of the proceedings at CHF 2,000 (US$2,140.00).

“The fine is to be paid within 30 days upon receipt of the ruling (Monday September 2),” FIFA further mandated the local FA.

“Based on the Match Commissioner’s report on the Liberia versus Senegal match at the SKD sports complex, "Liberia is liable for the spectator’s improper conduct, amongst others and is therefore in violation of article 67, paragraphs 1 and 3 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code," FIFA’s four-member Disciplinary Committee further ruled.

FIFA further warns the LFA: “Undertake all appropriate measures to guarantee FIFA’s Safety Regulations.”

The misconduct of Liberian fans came at the back of numerous warnings from the LFA and the Liberia National Police for fans to behave discreetly during international matches.

Last year, the African parent body of football (CAF) fined Liberia US$5,000 over crowd violence, during the 2-2 draw between Liberia and Nigeria at the SKD sports complex in the qualifiers of the 2013 Africa Nations Cup.

Liberia was also warned, a few months ago, when a spectator ran onto the playing pitch after skipper Anthony Laffor's strike against Uganda in a world cup qualifying match that Liberia won 2-0.

Despite the LFA’s warnings, way ahead of the encounter, the fans went on throwing water-cans onto the pitch, mainly after Senegal open the scoring in the 2-0 defeat at home in June.

In a related development, the Liberia Football Association has announced a postponement of its two-day retreat that should have taken place before the delayed 18th ordinary Congress.

According to the LFA, it is planning a new date for the holding of the retreat.

The SWOT analysis exercise was meant to give football stakeholders and congress delegates broader insights about improving Liberian football.

Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Mills Jones, was named facilitator and keynote speaker of the formal opening of the LFA-sponsored symposium.

 


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