Five weeks after the climax of the 2016/2017 LFA 1st Division League season, another drama has occurred in the league after Mighty Barrolle was relegated due to a complaint filed by LPRC Oilers against FC Fassel.
LPRC Oilers on July 20, 2017 filed a complaint against Fassel for fielding an ineligible player in two matches. According to the complaint, the Soccer Missionaries fielded center defender Alvin McConnell who received a straight red card against Nimba United on April 23, 2017 at the North Star Stadium and should have missed the next three games, but only missed a single. According to league rules, a player receiving a straight red card should miss the next three matches.
According to the complaint filed by LPRC, McConnell only missed FC Fassel’s match against LISCR on May 14, but was fielded in the team’s next two games against Mighty Barrolle and Barrack Young Controllers on June 11 and June 19 respectively.
The ruling of the complaint, which was delayed for more than a month, was finally released on September 9 after an investigation by the LFA disciplinary committee.
Following the ruling, LPRC Oilers moved a step above their previous position to the 9th place in the league with 25, thus helping the team escape relegation, which brought smiles back on the faces of the Oil Boys as that restored the team’s stay in the top flight league. But, it was a frustrating moment for Liberia’s traditional club Mighty Barrolle after the Rollers were relegated to the second division league.
Barrolle will now join their traditional rivals, Invincible Eleven and ELWA United, that were earlier relegated to the second division after finishing 11th and 12th places respectively.
This was the second drama in the LFA 1st division after the first one witnessed Soccer Missionaries losing 12 points as league leaders after a complaint was filed by rivals LISCR FC.