The Liberia Football Association or LFA has fined Mighty Barrolle Sport Association 100,000 Liberian dollars, an equivalent of US$1,042 for fans invasion during the final game between Barrolle and Monrovia Club Breweries.
The final match of the LFA knockout competition between Monrovia Club Breweries and Mighty Barrolle was disrupted in the climaxing stage after angry Barrolle fans in the 87th minute invaded the playing pitch at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
Ansu Dulles, chainman on competitions, said Barrolle is being punished in line with rules against players or fans interrupting the game. With just two minutes to the end of the match, a man believed to be a fan of Mighty Barrolle invaded the pitch and was followed by several frustrated Barrolle supporters that attacked the center referee, Jerry Yekeh, on counts of cheating.
The “Kanyan Pepper Boys” made their way back to the first division league after four seasons in the second division. Meanwhile, Monrovia Club Breweries has been declared champions of the 2016 FA Cup in line with LFA regulations and they will represent Liberia in the confederation of African Football next year. The Breweries were awarded three points and two goals in keeping with LFA rules that state: “No matter what the score shall be at the time of the offence, or at the end of the match, three points and two goals shall be awarded in favor of the offended team, unless the opponent team was leading by a margin of more than three goals at the time of the offence or when the match comes to an end, in which case the score will stand.”
Club Breweries are now double champions by winning the second division championship and the FA Cup.
By Sally Gaye