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LATEST NEWS!!! Grand Bassa wins appeal... Featured

13 Jan 2016
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LATEST NEWS!!!

Grand Bassa wins appeal... No replay match against Nimba...

Bong County vs. Grand Bassa to be scheduled soon...

Grand Bassa Wins Appeal,,,,,


By: Augustine Hamelberg


Grand Bassa County has won her appeal filed against the protest committee of this year’s National County Meet.

The protest committee had earlier ruled in Nimba County’s complaint calling for replay in the match between Bassa and Nimba in which Grand Bassa won Nimba 4 goals to 2.

Announcing the results, the chairman of the Appeal Board and out-going Minister of Youth and Sports Eugene Nagbe said Grand Bassa County did not do anything wrong as was reported in Nimba County’s complaint.

Mr. Nagbe noted that Nimba County did not file a protest in keeping with the rules of the tournament.

The Appeal Board declared that all four players of Grand Bassa County are eligible players of the competition quoting the rules of the competition.

Minister Nagbe, on behalf of the Appeal Board, instructed the organizers of the National County Meet to schedule the Grand Bassa vs. Bong game in the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Listen to Min. Eugene Nagbe reading the decision from the board of appeal, from the National County Sports Meet 2015 - 2016.

 

 The Full Ruling Below
 

The National County Sports Meet is an annual multi-sports event organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other line-ministries and agencies.

 

The underlying goal of the annual National County Sports Meet is to foster peace and unity through sports; and provide temporary employment to youth during the period leading to the event and post.

 

The objectives for the organization of the National County Sports Meet are to undertake peace initiatives through sports involving national participation and identify sports talents in support of grassroots sports initiatives in the Country.

 

Therefore, and as means to moderate the tournament, and to address violations and or, malpractices that may ensue, several subcommittees are constituted including the Protest and Grievance Committee and the Appeal Board.

 

The Organizing Committee of the National County Sports Meet received a communication from the Nimba County Football team alleging a number of violations on the part of Grand Bassa Football Team; including:

 

In said communication, Nimba County claimed that Grand Bassa County contradicted Article 12, Session 14 by registering and featuring four (4) illegal players including Jerry Wleh (jersey No. 3), William Freeman (no number), Zizue Kollie (jersey No. 22), Sekou Bayou (jersey No. 1).

 

The Appeal Board consistent with Article 18.4 of the Rules and Regulations of National County Sports Meet 2015/2016 met in session on the 13th of January, 2016 to hear the appeal as filed by the Grand Bassa County Football Team.

 

Grand Bassa County Football Team appealed as follows:

 

  1. That the Dulleh Team/Mr. Dulleh and the Protest Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports erroneously/deliberately ignored the compulsory requirement to have protest registered on the match report sheet with the signatories of the opposing team representative and the match officials which is a pre-requisite to the writing of a formal letter;
  2. That the Dulleh Team/Mr. Dulleh and the Protest Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports erroneously/deliberately ignored the fact that no communication of suspension was written to player Jerry Wleh or his Team.;
  3. That the Protest Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports committed a reversible error when it relied on an internal memo of the Liberia Football Association, (LFA) which was never communicated;
  4. That the Dulleh Team/Mr. Dulleh and the Protest Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports erroneously/deliberately ignored the content of the match report sheet to the effect that no protest was filed;

 

 

 

  1. That the Dulleh Team/Mr. Dulleh and the Protest Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports erred and committed reversible error when it took into consideration the lone signature of Mr. Ansu V. S. Dulleh irrespective  of the Panel of four (4) to the irregular and baseless findings which clearly represent a minority opinion as the others did not attach their signatures;
  2. That the Protest Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports committed reversible error when it recognized and stated that: “Nimba County Protest Was Not Genuinely filed and as such must suffer the consequence thereof and complaint considered null and void.”, yet it decided that the match be re-played. We submit that, there being no complaint, the result of the game should not be affected;
  3. That the Dulleh Team/Mr. Dulleh is not the Protest Committee as per Section 18.5 of the Rules and Regulations of the County Meet neither is it/he the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the LFA. The Dorley Team lacked jurisdiction over the subject matter;
  4. That the Dulleh Team/Mr. Dulleh and the Protest Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports erroneously/deliberately ignore the fact that the purported letter of protest is dated January 7, 2015, meaning that the instrument related clearly to a different action in January of 2015.

 

Now therefore, the Appeal Board, 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet in addressing the appeal filed by Grand Bassa County, hopes to answer three fundamental questions to wit:

 

Count – 1: Whether or not a protest was filed by Nimba County against Grand Bassa County consistent with the Rules and Regulations governing the National County Sports Meet 2015/2016;

Count – 2: Whether or not it was duly established that players Jerry Wleh, (jersey No. 3), William Freeman (no number), Zizue Kollie (jersey No. 22) and Sekou Bayou (jersey No. 1) all of Grand Bassa County were ineligible to participate in the National County Sports Meet 2015/2016;

Count – 3: Whether or not the ruling of the Protest and Grievance Committee calling for a “re-play” is in keeping with the Rules and Regulations of the National County Sports Meet 2015/2016;

 

Now, in addressing count-1, the Appeal Board referenced Article 18.1 of the Rules and Regulations of the National County Sports Meet of 2015/2016

 

Article 18.1 – Protests, grievances and complaints from a match MUST be registered on the match report sheet before, during and immediately after the match, counter-signed by the opposing team’s captain, followed by a formal letter within two hours. A non-refundable fee of Seven Thousand Liberian Dollars (LD$7,000.00) shall be payable within four (4) hours; investigation shall be carried out immediately (Preliminary Rounds). From the Quarter-finals thru finals, within twenty-four hours.

 

The Appeal Board duly agrees with the Protest and Grievance Committee on the count that the protest was not duly and genuinely filed by Nimba County. Also, after a review of the Match Commissioner’s and the Referee’s reports for the match played on January 6 & 7, 2016, it is duly established that no protest was filed before, during and immediately after the game consistent with Article 18.1 of the Rules and Regulations of National County Sports Meet of 2015/2016.

Additionally, there was no evidence of a payment receipt as specified in Article 18.1 of the Rules and Regulations of National County Sports Meet of 2015/2016. Hence, the protest is NULL and VOID.

In addressing Count-2, the Appeal Board referenced Articles 14.5, 14.7 and 14.8 of the Rules and Regulations of the National County Sports Meet of 2015/2016 and Article 25 Section 1.5 of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) 2015/2016 Rules and Regulations.

 

Article 14.5 – Any county that fields or registers a suspended player/athlete from the LFA, LKF, LBA and LVF shall forfeit its match and the player suspended from the tournament:

  1. Football three (3) points and two (2) goals;
  2. Kickball two (2) points (5) innings;
  3. Volleyball (2) points; and
  4. Basketball two (2) points.

 

Article 14.7 – Absolutely, no former or current player of the Senior National Team shall be permitted to participate in the National County Sports Meet (Basketball and Football).

 

Article 14.8 – Absolutely, no former or current registered player of First Division shall be permitted to participate in the National County Sports Meet,

 

Article 25 Section 1.5 of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) 2015/2016 Rules and Regulations – The Grievance and Disciplinary Committee shall have first jurisdiction in all protest matters and complaints, and must advise the parties concerned through the LFA Competition Committee in writing of its decision after a complete and thorough investigation not exceeding seven (7) days.

 

The Appeal Board:

The pieces of evidence forwarded and used by the Protest and Grievance Committee and the Competition Committee of the LFA did not meet the requirement of Article 25 Section 1.5 of the Liberia Football Association, LFA 2015/2016 Rules and Regulations and is therefore insufficient to declare and or, determine the ineligibility of player Jerry Wleh.

 

Player Jerry Wleh – jersey number 3:

  • There was no written communication from the LFA to the parties as required by Article 25 Section 1.5 of the Liberia Football Association, LFA 2015/2016 Rules and Regulations informing them of the decision of the action of player Jerry Wleh.
  • Although the LFA’s Disciplinary Committee recommended, “that player Jerry Wleh, Jr. be suspended for the period of one (1) year for double registration which prevents him from participation in all football tournaments and competition organized by the LFA and or its affiliates.”, there is no evidence however to substantiate that same was ever effected.

Players  William Freeman (no number) and Zizue Kollie (No. 22):

A review of the game sheet shows that players William Freeman and Zizue Kollie were non-participants in the match, Nimba vs. Grand Bassa and as such, any protest against them is deemed NULL and VOID consistent with Chapter 14, Sections 1.5, 1.6 & 1.7 of the LFA National Leagues Rules and Regulations, 2015/2016 which states:

Section 1.5:   A player shall be eligible to participate in the day’s game, when the player’s name and particulars are registered on the Referee’s game sheet and inspection formalities.

Section 1.6:   A player whose name is registered on the Referee’s game sheet and does not appear for inspection after the first half of the match shall be declared a non-participant. No inspection shall take place after half time.

Section 1.7:   A suspended player(s) who is registered on the Referee’s game sheet for the day’s match and is not fielded in the said match is not guilty of participating in the match.

 

Player Sekou Bayou (jersey No. 1):

  • Referencing Chapter 14, Sections 1.5, 1.6 & 1.7 of the LFA National Leagues Rules and Regulations, 2015/2016, and the Federation of International Football Association, FIFA’s Circular No. 1147, concerning the “non-participation of players; player Sekou Bayou was never fielded in the match, Liberia vs. Guinea in the CHAN Competition which is not an A-Level competition.

 

The Appeal Board establishes that in keeping with the rules and regulations mentioned above, there were no violations relative to players Jerry Wleh, William Freeman, Zizue Kollie and Sekou Bayou during the match, Nimba vs. Grand Bassa on January 6 & 7, 2016 under Chapter 14, Sections 1.5, 1.6 & 1.7 of the LFA National Leagues Rules and Regulations, 2015/2016 and

Article 14 of the 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet Rules and Regulations.

 

In addressing Count-3 on whether or not the ruling of the Protest and Grievance Committee calling for a “re-play” is in keeping with the Rules and Regulations of the 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet’s Rules and Regulations. The Appeal Board determined that in lieu of the findings contained in counts 1 & 2, there is no established violation on the part of Grand Bassa County as asserted by the Protest and Grievance Committee. The Appeal Board also determined that a re-play will be inconsistent and contrary to the Rules and Regulations of the 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet’s Rules and Regulations and the LFA National Leagues Rules and Regulations, 2015/2016.

 

Conclusion:

Wherefore and in view of the aforementioned, it is the decision of the Appeal Board that the ruling of the Protest and Grievance Committee is hereby reversed and that the result of the match, Nimba vs. Grand Bassa played on January 6 & 7, 2016 be upheld.

 

The Organizing Committee is hereby mandated to notify the parties and expeditiously schedule the semi-final match between Bong County and Grand Bassa County.

 

And so mandated.

 

Signed:

 

Hon. Eugene Lenn Nagbe            -           Chairman          ___________________________

 

 

Neto Zarzar Lighe, Sr. (Atty.)      -           Co-Chairman     ___________________________

 

 

Mr. Mustapha Raji                      -           Member             ___________________________

 

 

 

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