Referee Yekeh Escapes Death!
-As Fans Disrupt FA Cup Final
BY Roland Mulbah
The Liberia Football Association (LFA) Knock Out final, also known as the FA Cup was disrupted today at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) between one of Liberia’s traditional football teams, Mighty Barrolle and youthful Monrovia Club Breweries as fans, believed to be supporters of Mighty Barrolle ran on the pitch to harm FIFA badged referee Jerry S. Yekeh, whom they believed may have cheated them.
Barrolle was down 1-0 after Breweries’ Blidi Jackson rattled the net in the 29th minute from an indirect free- kick after the Rollers’ goalkeeper intentionally collected a pass from a teammate.
The red and white outfit fought hard for the equalizer; the youthful Breweries stood firm as the first half ended in their favor.
Monrovia Club Breweries coach, Francis Saploh was given marching order in the semifinal match against LISCR FC two weeks ago, but the diehard coach was still inspiring his boys as he climbed on the bar to give instructions.
Also, during the match, Mighty Barrolle President, Eugene Nagbe, who is also Liberia's Information Minister abandoned the VIP to watch the FA Cup final behind bars where Monrovia Club Breweries took a 1-0 lead against his team.
Back from recess, it was the Rollers that injected a bite of urgency to the match with a lion’s share of the fans cheering in their favor.
There was a momentary standstill in the early minutes of the second half with Barrolle players and fans claiming that Referee Yekeh denied them of a clear penalty after one of their players was upended in the penalty box.
On several occasions during the match, fans, probably of Mighty Barrole, invaded the pitch protesting that the referee was cheating.
In the 87th minute, just three minutes to the end of the match, fans from the Nicom area of the pitch invaded the pitch and attacked Yekeh, but the FIFA badged referee was rescued by an ambulance driver who escaped with him to an unknown destination.
The trophy was not given as the LFA noted that it will inform both clubs.
The winner of the FA Cup will represent Liberia at next year’s Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Cup which begins in February.
Meanwhile, Earth Angels clinched the female category of the FA Cup with a 5-0 thrashing of Determined Girls. Details to come in the subsequent post