The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has expressed its dismayed and deeply condemns the act of violence against a referee during a football match on Friday, February 9 between FC Kallon and Mogbwemo Queens in the ongoing Female Premier League.
Reacting to the said incident, SLFA reveals that Such behavior not only undermines the integrity of the game but also poses a serious threat to the safety of match officials.
The said incident, which saw fans attacking the referee, goes against the fundamental principles of fair play and respect.
SLFA further calls on the Female Premier League Board to launch a comprehensive investigation into the matter and ensure that all individuals involved in the attack are identified and held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
While condemning the act, a statement from the FA reads “The safety and well-being of players, officials, and spectators are paramount, and any form of violence or intimidation will not be tolerated under any circumstances. We extend our solidarity and support to the referee who was subjected to this heinous act and commend their dedication to officiating matches with professionalism and integrity. SLFA stands ready to collaborate with the Female Premier League Board and relevant authorities to implement measures aimed at preventing such incidents from occurring in the future. Football is a sport that unites communities and transcends boundaries, and we must uphold its values of respect, tolerance, and fair play,”
SLFA encourage all stakeholders, including clubs, fans, and officials, to join them in condemning violence and fostering a culture of mutual respect and understanding within the footballing fraternity.
SLFA reaffirms its commitment to upholding peace and sanity in football, without fear or favor, and at all times.