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Red Scorpions Relegated to second tier as players, officials ban

Apr 29, 2016, 10:05 AM

The Organising Committee of the Gambia Football Federation has unanimously agreed to relegate Red Scorpions FC to the GFF Female Second Division League.

This, the organizing committee said, is as a result of players and officials of the said team assaulting match officials in their rescheduled game against Interior FC on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium.

The team has also been fined ten thousand dalasi (D10,000).

Below we reproduce the full text of the release sent to Pointsports by GFF Publicity/Marketing Officer Bakary B. Baldeh.

It reads:

The Organizing Committee of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) at its meeting held on Wednesday April 27, 2016 has exhaustively discussed the ugly and unfortunate incident which led to the attack on the central referee Jama Njie and first assistant referee Abbie Ceesay by players of the Red Scorpions shortly after their scheduled league match against the Interior FC played at the Serekunda East Mini Stadium on Friday April 22, 2016.


By a unanimous decision, the Organizing Committee in compliance with “Article 26 Misconduct Against Match Officials of the Disciplinary Code, Subsection B”, thus, imposed 12 months ban on the following players and team officer for assaulting match officials,

1.         Fatoumata Touray No.7

2.         Mariama Bojang No.4

3.         Penda Colley No.2

4.         Awa Tamba No.11

5.         Mariama Ceesay No.22

6.         Fatou Sanneh No.14

7.         Aminata Camara No.12

8.         Haddy Sanneh Trainer

9.         Medina Njie and

10.        Ya Awa Ceesay both of Kinteh’s FC. 

In addition, Fatoumata Touray is suspended for six (6) more matches for being the central figure in starting the fight.

The Organizing Committee has lamented the reckless and shameful behaviour of the Red Scorpions FC players against the referees on that fateful day and therefore fined the team the sum of ten thousand dalasi (D10,000) in accordance with Team Misconduct “Article 29, Sub-section B of the Disciplinary Code of the Gambia Football Federation”.

Given the severity of the offence, the team is relegated to second tier of the national women’s league for causing bodily harm and injures to the match officials and bringing the game into disrepute. Consequently, the team should cease to play in the ongoing women division one (1) league.

“You are also urged to desist from emotional and non-factual statements and we implore you and others stakeholders not to allow immature behaviour and pronouncements to cloud your judgement,” GFF letter of suspension states.