The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has expressed shock and condemnation following a violent attack on a referee during a Female Premier League match between FC Kallon and Mogbwemo Queens on Friday, February 9.
“This reprehensible act of violence against a referee is utterly unacceptable and undermines the integrity of the game,” said a spokesperson for SLFA. “It poses a serious threat to the safety of match officials.”
SLFA has called for a thorough investigation by the Female Premier League Board, stating, “All individuals involved in the attack must be identified and held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
In a reaffirmation of its commitment to peace and order in football, SLFA emphasized, “The safety and well-being of players, officials, and spectators are paramount. Any form of violence or intimidation will not be tolerated.”
“We stand in solidarity with the referee who was subjected to this heinous act,” the association continued. “Their dedication to officiating matches with professionalism and integrity is commendable.”
SLFA pledged collaboration with the Female Premier League Board and relevant authorities to prevent similar incidents in the future.
“Football unites communities and transcends boundaries,” the SLFS added. “We must uphold its values of respect, tolerance, and fair play.”
SLFA called upon all stakeholders, including clubs, fans, and officials, to join in condemning violence and fostering a culture of mutual respect within the footballing fraternity.