The Daily Observer has gathered that the three-month’s suspension of FIFA badge referee Isaac T. Z. Montgomery has been overturned.
He has been cautioned “to go and sin no more,” by the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Referees Standing Committee.
Referee Montgomery, who is inarguably the nation’s best football referee, was pardoned on Monday, August 31 after he was suspended for
“insubordination and gross misconduct as well as using abusive and derogatory expressions against senior and veteran referees.”
The LFA Referees Standing Committee lifted the “temporary ban” against the 29 year-old, affectionately called “Golden Boy Ref,” owing to intervention by the Secretariat of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).
Former international referee Mason Goe and co-chair Atty. Joseph Kollie – the President of the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA), head the Committee. Veteran refs Idrissa Kaba and Ophelia Doewah are also members.
This means, the Golden Boy ref would again either hold the whistle or the flag or sit on the table during matches.
Amongst his peers, Montgomery is the only professional referee who has obtained two graduate degrees – BBA in Accountant and BSc in economics from the Stella Maris Polytechnic and the University of Liberia respectively. He is an accountant by profession and serves as a lecturer at UL.
He joined LIFRA in 2009 as a 4th division referee and four years later, he was elevated by FIFA.
He emerged the 1st in the CAF Referee Cooper Test in Monrovia and went to Cairo, Egypt for the Young Talented Referees Course, where he put Liberia on the map of CAF and FIFA by accumulating the highest points.
In the ongoing 2014/2015 LFA League, Montgomery issued eight red cards – which marked the highest – in two games.
The red cards were challenged; a special committee was set up to probe BYC red cards and found nothing wrong with Montgomery’s performance.