LNP to Enforce Rules in Liberia-Ivory Coast Game

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The Liberia National Police (LNP) in partnership with Liberia football Association and the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) have released guidelines for the November 14 Liberia versus Ivory Coast World Cup match.

Speaking at a press conference in Monrovia last Wednesday, LNP Deputy Director for Operations Prince Mulbah said Liberia’s unpleasant behavior of fans always creating a dangerous scene for Liberia when the national team is defeated will not be tolerated, and that there will be no room for would-be troublemakers.

He said the LNP, with the cooperation of its partners, will not relent on arresting, detaining and prosecuting any found in such acts.

“Football nowadays does not mean a host country must always win games. The courage that we give our team and its officials will immensely contribute to the growth and development of the team and therefore determine our anticipated victory.

“Liberians need to give moral, financial and technical support to the Lone Star so that the much needed results can be realized,” he said.

He said the Ivorian dedication, comprising of 50 members, are expected to arrive in the country by November 11.

He said that on game day, vehicles will not be allowed to enter the Lynch Street of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and spectators using Lynch Street will have to fall in a queue with their valid tickets.

Director Mulbah also said that no vehicles will be allowed to use the UN Drive by way of the Executive Mansion to the ATS, while spectators using that route will display their tickets.

“Vehicles using Center Street will not be allowed to enter the UN Drive as a police checkpoint will be erected at the intersection of Center and UN Drive,” he said.

Redemption Road behind the BTC will be closed to the public during time of the game, he said.

The Liberia Football Association Chairperson Ansue Dulley stressed that the issue of spectators misbehaving after games has cost Liberia US$25,000 in fines.

He said the game will start at 4pm and gates will be closed by 2pm.

At least 8,000 tickets, he said, have been printed although the stadium has a capacity of 12,500.

Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) President Roland Mulbah said the association is working closely with the police.

He pledged to work with the police in order to provide better coverage of the game.

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