The Liberia Football Association has announced the suspension of 18 players of the U-20 Lone Star who lost to the Ivorian U-20.
They were suspended for what the LFA described as disorderly conduct exhibited in both Monrovia and Abidjan.
The players have also been suspended from all football activities including the National County Meet.
An LFA press release signed by Communication Director Henry Flomo the on LFA’s Facebook the decision stemmed from the players’ poor behavior which he claimed has dented the country’s image.
Flomo alleged that while in Abidjan, the players, “willfully plunged the country's image in the mud when they refused to pay ‘people’ they owed.”
Flomo also said upon arrival at the Robert International Airport (RIA) in Harbel, Margibi County, the players again, led by their captain, among other actions, seized the LFA’s properties including jerseys to demand their perdiem.
The players would remain indefinitely suspended pending investigations by the Liberia Football Association.
The president of BYC Football, Sekou Konneh expressed shock at the LFA’s decision, terming it unnecessary in the absence of a formal investigation.
Konneh said the LFA has not sent any communication to teams whose players are affected and would expect letters of their suspension.
“What will become of the teams, those are our players; we are paying them, the boots they played in we bought them,” Mr. Konneh said, “we need answers from the LFA.”
However, several stakeholders have said that suspending players before a formal investigation is like putting the cart before the horse.
They said the requisite LFA committee should investigate to find out the facts in a fair and reasonable manner before leveling up punishments.
The president of LISCR FC, Mustapha Raji said the LFA should deal with the issue than hastily leveling up suspensions.
“A situation like this requires delayed actions. Delayed actions to enable the collection of sufficient evidence before making a pronouncement,” Raji said, “what if 50% of those who are suspended now are innocent?”
He wondered if the LFA would compensate them.
The affected players are Abdullai Koulibaly (Club Beer), Albert Nimely (FC Fassell), Boakai Molu (Ganta Black Star), Fred Fofana (Watanga), Raymond Franciah (Club Beer), Bill Gayflor (FC Fassell), SporoSomah (BYC 1), Adama Massaquoi (FC Fassell), Benjamin Gbamie (BYC 1) and Van Dave Harmon (ELWA United).
Others are Prince Saydee (BYC 1), Jeremiah Siekey (FC Fassell),
Mervin Blapoh (Club Beer), Sam Jackson (BYC 2), Abu Kamara (Ganta Black Star), Blamo Nimely (BYC1), Solomon Yahweh(BYC 2), and Sunnyboy Dolo( Nimba United).