By Sahr Morris Jnr.
World football governing body, FIFA’s media department has reacted to the slapping row involving former Sierra Leone national team captain, Mohamed Kallon and the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president, Isha Johansen.
Questions have been raised as to what will be FIFA’s reaction regarding the rumpus since it is a disciplinary issue as contained in the 2012 FIFA Code of Ethics. And in reply to a question posed by Concord Sports, Sascha Rhyner, a spokesperson for the FIFA media department, said the matter must be addressed in accordance with the applicable regulations of the SLFA.
He wrote back: Please note that, first and foremost, the events briefly described allegedly happened after a match of the national championship/cup of SLFA between the President of SLFA and a player of Sierra Leone and playing for a club affiliated to the SLFA.
“Therefore, in view of the foregoing, the matter seems to fall primarily under the jurisdiction of the SLFA and shall be considered, if at all, by the competent body at the SLFA and in accordance with the applicable Regulations of the SLFA.”
Reacting to the FIFA media department spokesperson, senior football administrator Alhaji Unisa Alim Sesay aka ‘Awoko’ – who doubles as president and founder of Premier League side Anti-Drugs Strikers – said there is still problem in dealing with the issue since the Football Association (FA) has not properly constituted a competent body to handle the issue.
He said: “The body which should address the issue is not properly constituted and so they need to invoke Article 80 of the SLFA constitution which calls for an unseen circumstance.
“Article 63 also makes provision for an Arbitration Committee to be set-up, which could address this issue. We must follow the regulations.”