The nation’s best football referee, Isaac T. Z. Montgomery, has been suspended for three months with immediate effect.
The Daily Observer gathered yesterday that Ref. Montgomery, FIFA badge referee, was suspended for alleged “insubordination, gross misconduct and use of abusive and derogatory language against senior and veteran referees.”
The Liberia Football Association (FA) Referee Standing Committee leveled the “temporary ban” against the 29 year-old ref, affectionately called “Golden Boy Ref.”
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.
A source said the decision was taken over the weekend and the members of LIFRA – his colleagues, were officially informed during their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 25.
This means, the so-called immaculate Golden Boy ref would not hold either the whistle or the flag or sit on the table until after the Christmas celebrations.
The Director of Referee at the LFA, Stanley Konah, told our reporter yesterday in a telephone interview he would respond to the suspension saga latest Saturday.
Chief Referee Lamin Kamara, LIFRA boss, Atty. Kollie and Chairman Goe won’t comment on the latest decision.
An inside source at the LFA Secretariat told our reporter that Secretary General Alphonso Armah is negotiating for the suspension to be lifted.
Montgomery’s cell phone rang endlessly, when our reporter tried to reach him.
Amongst his peers, Montgomery is the only professional referee who has obtained two graduate degrees – BBA degree in Accountant and BSc degree 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.