Updated: Jul 7
The Sierra Leone Football Association Premier League Disciplinary and Protests Committee has handed down a fine of five thousand New Leones to East End Lions FC and goalkeeper Francis Koroma.
The fine was imposed following two separate incidents that occurred during a match between East End Lions and Bo Rangers on May 27, 2023.
In the first incident, which occurred in the 75th minute of the match, three East End Lions players, including Koroma, attempted to remove an injured Bo Rangers player from the field without the referee's permission.
The referee, Assistant Referee 2, and Central Referee intervened to resolve the situation.
In the second incident, which occurred in the 85th minute, an East End Lions member ran onto the field and dragged an injured Bo Rangers player off the field.
The Disciplinary and Protests Committee ruled that the actions of the East End Lions players and member were "unsporting behavior" and "brought the game into disrepute."
The Committee also noted that the actions of the East End Lions players "interfered with the match officials' ability to control the match".
In addition to the fine, Koroma has been suspended for four matches.
East End Lions FC has also been fined five thousand New Leones.
The Disciplinary and Protests Committee's decision is in line with the Sierra Leone Football Association's commitment to upholding the integrity of the game.
The Committee's actions is meant to send a clear message that unsporting behavior will not be tolerated.