The fracas that started last year between ex- Sierra Leone national team captain and onetime point-man for Italy’s F.C.Internazionale Milano, Mohamed Kallon, and President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Isha Johansen – the only female to attain this capacity in the footballing history of that country – has resulted in a physical confrontation.
Kallon was reported to have alleged that Johansen slapped him on the back of the head.
Photographs released on social media last week, seem to support that assertion as ligature marks could conspicuously be seen on the back of his left ear – running downward.
Kallon told BBC Sports: “I was asked by Isha to talk to Kallon FC fans to leave the ground after the game because the fans were making comments against the referees. But I told her that she should ask them out herself,” according to that media’s publication.
BBC furthered that Isha Johansen, in a police report, acknowledged slapping Kallon, but in self-defence; after he pushed her.
However, FIFA on Friday said it hasn’t received any complaints of the aforementioned squabble and thus, couldn’t comment.
“At the time of writing, we have not been formally contacted on the alleged incident you refer to and therefore we are not in a position to comment for the time-being,” a FIFA spokesman said to Newstime Africa.
The incident is being investigated by the Sierra Leone police, but unofficial reports from Freetown, indicated that Kallon was detainedon Monday, for about seven hours on a supposed invitation to give his account of events by the police.
It’s not clear what disciplinary action – if any – that FIFA will effectuate in this brawl with cognizance that, there is code of ethics that reflects the core principles of the FIFA Code of Conduct, that outlines the principal comportment within FIFA as well as with external parties.
“The conduct of persons bound by this Code shall reflect the fact that they support the principles and objectives of FIFA, the confederations, associations, leagues and clubs in every way and refrain from anything that could be harmful to these aims and objectives.
“They shall respect the significance of their allegiance to FIFA, the confederations, associations, leagues and clubs, and represent them and behave towards them honestly, worthily, respectably and with integrity,” an introductory excerpt from the FIFA code of ethics reads.
The irony, however, that Johansen – a country’s Football Association’s president – engulfed herself in such a nasty melee can’t be ignored when, shortly after her unopposed election and unprecedented taking over of the FA’s presidency, promised to bring discipline, sanity and integrity to football in Sierra Leone, according to media reports.
The rift between Kallon and Isha became apparent last year in the SLFA presidential election; when the Sierra Leone Football Association’s Normalization Committee disqualified Rodney Michael, Kallon, and other,s from contesting the Association’s presidency.
A large youth demonstration ensued with staunch supporters of Kallon, trudging on to State House – demanding to talk to the country’s president Ernest Bai Koroma – protesting the disqualification of Kallon as a political cabal spearheaded by the country’s Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara.
The youth protesters asked that Honourable Kamara resign from his post as Sports Minister, but of course, he didn’t.
And when FIFA sanctioned the disqualification of Kallon and others, Isha Tejan-Cole Johansen was elected unopposed – subsequently, becoming the first female to be Sierra Leone Football Association boss and also the second active female football boss in the world.
Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera is the only other woman to hold this position in the world.
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