The Ministry of Youth and Sports has banned five players and three technicians, including officials from all sporting activities either directly or indirectly in Liberia for two years beginning January 25, 2016 to January 25, 2018.
The Ministry leveled the suspension owing to the “unwholesome conduct” exhibited during matches at the just ended 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet.
A release from the Ministry announced the affected players as Alex Doe (jersey #11), Alex Denessi (jersey #17), Mircus Weah (jersey #1), Kofie Brown (jersey #13) and Emmanuel Quoineh (jersey #24) all of Sinoe County football team.
Sinoe County’s Development Superintendent Sneh Johnson and Technical Director Dell Desmond were also banned.
The release said it was established that Sinoe County players and officials invaded the playing pitch and rained mayhem on the team of match officials and some personnel during the match between Grand Bassa County and Sinoe County at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium in Buchanan on December 15, 2015.
The Organizing Committee found the group guilty of Article XXI: Cautions and expulsion section Section 24.5, which states “Any player (s) and coach (es) caught fighting within the game vicinity before, during and immediately after the game shall be suspended and fined, as deem necessary,” it said.
The Ministry has also banished Bong County football team trainer Timothy Kromah for two years for an unwholesome conduct exhibited during the Bong County versus Grand Bassa County semi-finals played January 15, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
It was further established that Kromah invaded the field while the game was in progress and smacked the referee in the face which constituted a violation of the rules and guideline governing the competition, precisely article XXII, section 24.5.
“This action becomes expedient as a way of deterring others who may harbor similar stance in the future to undermine the sanity of the competition which seeks to promote national peace and reconciliation; provide opportunities for small businesses to increase income; create temporary employment for young athletes to demonstrate their talents and provide additional opportunities for sports development.
Meanwhile, four counties have been fined US$8,500 for nonparticipation (forfeit).
The Youth and Sports Ministry said Sinoe, Lofa and Rivercess counties have each been fined US$2,000 for not participating in the volley game.
Bong County was fined US$2,500 for refusing to play the 3rd place match with Lofa County.