Montgomery, Yekeh Suspension to be lifted
BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
Center Referee Isaac Montgomery and Reserve Referee Jerry Yekeh will be free to officiate domestic and international matches once again following the lifting of their suspension by Caf on July 28.
The referees during the period of their suspension observed and respected the decision of the Caf committee and were patient to go through their punishment.
The two Liberian Fifa badge referees officiated in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Mauritania and Gambia and were suspended by Africa’s Football governing body, CAF for two months while the Assistant referees, Elisha Johnson and Francis Sannoh were strongly warned by the committee.
The decision to ban the two referees was reached following a meeting held in Cario on May 24, 2016, where the Refereeing Committee of CAF discussed a case of that match report.
The referees were suspended for what the Caf Refereeing Committee termed as “failure to provide Caf with the accurate report of match No. 77: Mauritania versus Gambia played at the Office du Complex Olympique de Nouakchoot on March 26, 2016.”
Investigation showed that Montgomery’s match report on a yellow card issued on a specific player came contrary to that of his country man, Yekek and the Match Commissioner.
The match report provided to Caf carry a different number instead of the number worn by the said player.
The relieved from suspension means, the two senior referees will now be given the task to handle international match while on the domestic scene; they will resume totally football action for the next season (2016/2017).
The suspension of the two referees by Caf has put to record the second in Liberia’s football refereeing history.
Caf suspended former Assistant Referee, Mohammed Kromah 15 years ago for the period of six months after he dropped the flag while running on the line.