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Volleyball Gambia suspends GAF coach

Aug 4, 2016, 11:03 AM | Article By: Muhammed L. Saidykhan, GVBF Press Officer

Gambia Volleyball Federation has suspended Sergeant Saikou Omar Bargie, head coach of Gambia Armed Forces Men Volleyball team.

The Executive Committee’s decision is in relation to the behaviour of the said coach in the Super Cup Finals played on 23 July 2016 in the male game - G.A.F Vs Old Jeshwang - at the Manneh Sillah Memorial Lawn in Banjul.

“Mr Bargie directed abusive languages to the referee and made false accusations over the media after the final whistle,” a statement by the Gambia Volleyball Federation (GBVF) said.

It added that Mr Bargie is suspended for “TWO matches and shall not have any interference or whatsoever” during the team’s league games.

As mentioned in article 14: (1) “Any team or individual that is being caught using abusive language towards referee / match official / match commissioner / organizing committee or the Executive committee of the Gambia Volleyball Federation will be dealt by the organizing committee and the decision will be final”, and (2) “Any player or officer who is suspended will not participate in all the activities of the Gambia Volleyball Federation, during his or her suspension period and will be excluded in National duty”.

“These actions [by Mr Bargie] are contrary to the rules and regulation of the GBVF,” the statement said. “They are unbearable, unprofessional and unacceptable.

It said further: “The Gambia Volleyball Federation will impose tough sanctions on individuals and clubs that go contrary to its rules and regulations and against the best interest of the game.

“All players, officials and clubs are therefore encouraged to abide by the rules and regulations to ensure standards in our beautiful game.”