The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has for the third time named FIFA badge center referee Isaac Montgomery as ‘Best Referee.’
Montgomery was certificated as the 2015 LFA League Best Referee at the ATS in Monrovia, over the weekend. He was awarded the best referee in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons respectively.
Referee Jerry Yekeh is the only referee in the last decade that archived such feat. Montgomery’s qualities, high and controllable speed, endurance, tactical movement, coupled with good hands-on knowledge of the laws of the game and their implementation earned him a firm place in the Liberia Football Referees Association.
However, Montgomery came under public criticism after he handed five red cards in a Group A match between former 1st Division champion, Barack Young Controllers (BYC), and Super Cup champions, Invincible Eleven (IE).
BYC received three of the cards with IE taking two.
Montgomery also handed three red cards during the Nimba United and Watanga FC match at the Mount Barclay Stadium. Watanga received two while United settled for one.
The LFA Referees Standing Committee sanctioned Montgomery’s red cards, when they were appealed against.
Tipped as the Liberian “Pierluigi Collina” Montgomery has the attribute of the world’s greatest football referee, as he usually instructs and cautions players when they are in the wrong.
Montgomery emerged tops of the FIFA’s young and talented referee course in Cairo, Egypt, in 2013.
Few months later, he participated in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) young talent referees course, which took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he also finished as the top participant.