Court of Arbitration To Rule Against Rochell?


Credible report reaching The Monrovia Times says the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) will shortly rule in the case involving former LFA Executive Committee member Rochell Woodson and the Liberia Football Association (LFA).

According to the report, CAS has gotten all of the communications and responses it needed while it entertained argument in the case.

Madam Rochell Woodson, one of the influential Executives of the Musa Bility First Administration, took the Liberia Football Association to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) accusing the LFA and its Elections Committee of breaching the Football Constitution in the process leading to the April 14, 2018 elections.

She complained of huge funding requested by the LFA Elections Committee for the election which she said was not constitutional.

Madam Woodson who announced she was going to contest the April 14 election, refused to register her candidacy as she said the election committee was not respecting the LFA Statues, but rather engaging in irregularities including not carrying out integrity checks as required by law.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports took seizure of the matter in April and has since been going through the case.
The delay from the LFA in responding to Madam Woodson’s case at CAS had kept things at bay.

The LFA was given twenty days ultimatum to respond to the counts against it at CAS, which it finally did two days to the deadline.

The LFA in its counter argument said the Court of Arbitration for Sports should not be hearing the case because it was not in CAS’s jurisdiction to hear.

The LFA legal team accused Madam Woodson of not following the laydown procedure in seeking redress to her disagreement or dissatisfaction with the LFA electoral process.

According to the LFA response, Madam Woodson failed to take her case at the LFA election appeal committee, before reaching CAS in keeping with the LFA Statues.

A legal expert (on sports legal matters) told The Monrovia Time Sports that Madam Woodson’s failure to have taken her case to the LFA Election Appeal body was a major error on her part, as CAS cannot rule in a case that has not been heard by the lower legal body.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS; French: Tribunal arbitral du sport, TAS) is an international quasi-judicial body established to settle disputes related to sports through arbitration.

Generally speaking, a dispute may be submitted to the CAS only if there is an arbitration agreement between the parties which specifies recourse to the CAS.

Rochell Woodson’s case at CAS has cast a dark shadow over Liberian Football since April, as stakeholders (especially recently elected Executives Committee Members of the LFA) have been eagerly awaiting the ruling to give themselves assurance as Executives of local football.

A win for Rochell would differently nullify the April 14, 2018 election and call for a fresh election.

Madam Woodson has been at CAS twice before; winning two expulsion cases against the Liberia Football Association, but this third case which had given hopes to some of the defeated candidates in the April 14 election seems to be going against the Liberian Football “Irony Lady”.

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