Liberia: LFA suspends assistant secretary Benedict Yarsiah for having denied the Guinean international

The Liberia Football Association has, with immediate effect, suspended LFA Assistant General Secretary for Legal Affairs, Atty. Benedict Yarsiah for “indefinite duration”, pending an investigation into the report that Guinean international Bountou Sylla, playing in Liberia, could not have celebrated with his country’s flag.

The incident happened on Saturday April 2, 2021, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe training ground in Paynesville City when Determined Girls FC were crowned 2021/2022 champions and their Guinean striker was deprived of celebrating with the flag Guinean on the podium.

A statement from the LFA secretariat reads: “Reference is made to an incident…during the Coronation Ceremony of Determined Girls…where player Bountou Sylla, a Guinean national was denied the right to wear his flag at the medal ceremony. .”

Bountou was stepping onto the stage in her national colors green, yellow and red to cap off a memorable night when she was turned down.

The LFA notes that it finds the action unethical and has also asked Atty. Yarsiah to refrain from any football-related activity.

The administrative decision comes a day after the LFA quickly condemned the act and apologized to the player, the club, the Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFOOT) and football fans.

However, Guinea Football Federation vice-president for standardization Sega Diallo accepts an apology from LFA president Mustapha Raji.

“Apologies accepted dear president; we have the same challenges across the continent to enable better inclusion of our youth for human development. Liberia and Guinea are sister countries. Congratulations to Bountou Sylla; your country is proud of you,” Diallo said.

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