Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a recent match during the ongoing Leone Rock Premier League, concerns have been raised about the potential impact of poor officiating on the league’s integrity. The incident in question occurred during a match on Sunday, 4th February 2024, where Referee Abdul Rahman Fofana awarded an undeserved penalty to Lions in the 92nd minute, denying Real Republicans vital three points. This decision came after the host, Republicans, was leading East End Lions by two goals to one (2-1), with the match playing for over 100 minutes, exceeding the scheduled time by six minutes.
The Chairman of Real Republicans FC expressed strong dissatisfaction with the performance of Referee Abdul Rahman Fofana and his officials, labelling it as a disgrace. The club intends to file a complaint with the relevant authorities regarding the questionable decisions made during the match.
“We cannot accept what happened to us at the Angola Town field without making some form of representation. It’s then up to the officials to decide, but we found it hugely disappointing because there were so many poor decisions. We hope very much that they will carefully look at the video,” remarked the Chairman.
A press release from Real Republicans FC emphasized the impact of the alleged poor officiating on their well-deserved victory, stating, “The match played for over 100 minutes, robbing us of a well-deserved victory. We have video evidence to show that the penalty is not genuine. His performance was very far short of the standard to be expected from a referee in charge of a Football League match. We take great exception to this, as such behaviour has the tendency to bring the Sierra Leone Premier League into disrepute.”
The club is urging the Premier League Board (PLB) to take decisive action and set an example by not allowing Referee Abdul Rahman Fofana to officiate in any future matches of the ongoing premier league. The statement concludes with a plea for a thorough review of the video evidence.
Real Republicans FC emphasizes that failure to address these concerns may lead to teams resisting unfair treatment from referees, potentially affecting the conclusion of the second rounds of the Leone Rock Premier League and resulting in relegation for some teams. BT/7/2/2024