The Liberia Football Association (LFA), has with immediate effect handed three months suspension each, to 10 players and one year to 2 officials of the newly crowned champions of the Orange Women’s Division league, Determine Girls FC from all football related activities.
They include secretary-general Farmorlu K. Fatorma and medic Mercy Dennis; and players Ruth P. Wesseh, Margaret Stewart, Josephine Palpue, Diamond D. Dahn, Sylvia Pyne, Marthaline T. A. Moore, Elizabeth Tamba, Bountou Sylla, Jennie Tisdell and Susan Bah.
The punitive actions comes after an investigation into a riotous fight that broke out between the Orange Women’s Division champions and rivals Earth Angels during a Petro Trade Cup semi-final second leg at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex Practice Pitch in Paynesville which was won by the Angels 3-1 on 11 May.
The dismissal of the players for three months each is in keeping with Chapter 16 (disciplinary matters), Article two (misconduct) and Section one point one of the regulations governing the Orange Women’s Division and Chapter 1 Section 1.7-to-11 of the FIFA disciplinary code.
Fatorma and Dennis have been banned for a year from all football related activities, including entering stadia, for misconduct.
Section one point one says any player(s) or club official(s), who shall assault a match official(s) or LFA official(s) before, during and or after the match shall be suspended from all LFA activities for one year and pay all expenses incurred by the match official(s) or LFA officials for the first offense, two years for the second offense, three years for the third offense and banned from all football activities for any further occurrence.
Player Success Gaye, who was red-carded, has been suspended for two matches and fined L$2,000.
Statistician Princess Smith, who was red-carded, has been banned for five matches and fined L$7,000 for violating Section 2.6 (club officials, who shall be shown the red card for using offensive, insulting or abusive language and or gestures or allegation).
The Club has also been fined L$ 45,000 Liberian Dollars in keeping with Section 1.8.
It says the LFA shall hold clubs responsible for the misconduct of their members, fans, supporters, sympathizers and followers, etc., before, during and after a match.
Clubs will be held liable to pay a fine of no less than L$45,000 for fans invading the pitch.
Determine Girls have been held liable to pay the cost or purchase a new smart phone for Truth FM Radio Sports Journalist Edwin Boyd Dolo, who is also the deputy Secretary General for the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL).
Dolo was attacked by some players and technical staff of Determine Girls during the melee.
It says all clubs shall be responsible for acts and damages of LFA and match officials’ properties caused by their players, officials, followers and supporters.
The LFA reached the decisions based on the match commissioner and referee’s reports and video footage.
Determine Girls have the statutory rights to seek redress with the appeals committee within 72 hours.
Meanwhile, the LFA has also fined Earth Angels L$ 45, 000 Liberian Dollars in accordance with Section 8.1.
Two players of the Angels, Emma Toe and Rebecca Tarr also suffered suspension. This means the pair will miss the Petro Trade Cup final against Senior Female Professional comes Saturday, 22 May.
Toe is suspended for three months while the latter received two weeks suspension according to Section 2.6 on players conducts.
Earth Angels like their counterparts Determine Girls, have been given the statutory rights to seek redress to the appeal committee within the period of 72 hours.