Kaba Accuses FIFA of Discrimination against Liberia

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Another Liberian delegation to an international gathering in Dar El Salam, Tanzania to participate in FIFA referees course has been asked not to make the trip.

The delegation should have included retired FIFA referees Idrissa Kaba, Mason Goe, Benedict Yarsiah and Ophelia Doeway.

In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Kaba said the last minute decision by FIFA to refuse Liberia's participation was meant to further humiliate Liberia.

"This is unfair," Kaba said, "It does not mean that every Liberian has the Ebola virus in their system to infect others."

He called on FIFA and other bodies that have refused Liberia’s participation in international gatherings to show solidarity in uplifting their goals.

Kaba expressed the delegation's disappointment since the process for Liberia's participation began and ended when tickets were sent to the members to join the gathering, slated from October 27-November 2, 2014.

“FIFA's decision to deny our participation is discriminatory in every respect,” Kaba noted and pointed out that when the Confederation of African Football, (CAF), recently welcomed Liberia Football Association officials to an official gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia everything went well.

At the Addis Ababa meeting attended by LFA Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah and Match Commissioner, G. Andy Quamie recently, the two men reported cordial acceptance by the gathering, including CAF president Issa Hayatou, who even gave them a hug to show his solidarity.

The four-team members are all professionals with Kaba, a lecture at the University of Liberia, Goe, a member of the Tubman University in Maryland, Yarsia, a lawyer and Eco Bank manager Doeway.

Among Liberian organizations that have been refused international participation since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, are the Liberia Handball Association (Lome, Togo), Amputee Lone Star (USA, Mexico) and a delegation of LNOC to the Nanjin, China Olympics).

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