Gbarpolu, Bong & Lofa Lose Protest

Protest by Lofa County regarding Grand Cape Mount County featuring three first division players instead of two in the December 18 match has been dismissed by the Protest Committee of the National County Sports Meet.

The committee, after conducting hearing into the protest, established that the protest letter from Lofa County was not submitted within the stipulated time frame as enshrined in the rules and regulation governing the 2021/2022 national county sports meet.

The committee also established that the Protester (Lofa) could not prove that the captain of Grand Cape Mount or an official of the county’s team signed on to the protest as required by the rules and regulations governing the National County Sports Meet.

Accordinbg to the ruling, Lofa County violates article 17.1 of the 2021/2022 rules and regulations of the National County Sports Meet as their protest letter received by the Ministry of Youth and Sports on December 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM is clearly beyond the stipulated period for the submission of protest, as the match was played on December 18, 2021.

Article 17.1 states: “Protest Grievances and complaints from a match MUST be registered on the match report sheet before, during and immediately after the match, and counter-signed by the opposing team’s captain to be followed by a formal letter within four hours during the preliminary rounds and 24 hours from quarter /semi and grand finals. The complaining county shall pay a non refundable fee of twenty thousand Liberian dollars.”

Meanwhile, Bong lost its protest against Nimba for using Fransico Pajibo. Pajibo was an unused sub in the Mano River Union tournament. Pajibo never received two yellow cards prior to the game against Nimba.

Also, Gbarpolu lost its protest against Bomi for using Murphy Miller. The committee ruled that Miller played for Sandi FC in the 2019/20 season which was nullified. The committee also established that Bomi didn’t use four second division players. Lofa lost its protest against Cape Mount. The committee ruled that Lofa didn’t filed the protest within the specific time as per the rules governing the tournament. The committee also established that Lofa couldn’t prove that the captain of Grand Cape Mount or official of the county’s team signed on to the protest as required by the rules.

Article 17.1 of the rules states “Protests, grievances and complaints from a match MUST be registered on the match report sheet before, during and immediately after the match, and counter-signed by the opposing team’s captain, to be followed by a formal letter within four (4) hours during the preliminary rounds and 24 hours from Quarter/Semi and Grand Finals. The complaining county shall pay a non-refundable fee of Twenty Thousand Liberian Dollars (LD$20,000.00).”

Article 17.2 of the rules states, “Upon the receipt of a protest or complaint duly filed, investigation shall be carried out immediately by the protest committee (Headed by Head of Delegation) during the Preliminary Rounds; and the Quarter final, Simi-final and Grand final protest shall be held within twenty-four (24) hours.”

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