Liberia drop Tonia Tisdell due to indiscipline

Liberia drop Tonia Tisdell due to indiscipline
Tonia Tisdell (L)

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 08, 2019. 08:00

Liberia’s national team has expelled Tonia Tisdell from their current squad due to indiscipline.

The 27-year-old winger will therefore not play any part in Liberia’s second-leg, first-round 2022 World Cup qualifying match away to Sierre Leone this evening.

Tisdell replaced his namesake Terrance in the 71st minute last Wednesday as Liberia won the first leg 3-1, putting themselves in a strong position to advance into the group phase.

Details of the exact reasons behind Tonia Tisdell’s expulsion have not been made public by the Liberian FA, while the player himself told BBC Sport that he needs to study the decision fully with his family and lawyers before he makes a formal response.

Coach Peter Butler said his behaviour “had shown disrespect to the code of conduct, adopted by the LFA in July which was delivered to all players following their arrival in Monrovia”.

Tonia has won 13 caps for Liberia, having made his debut in a goalless draw against Algeria in Monrovia in a World Cup qualifier on 11 October 2008.

The return leg game between Sierra Leone and Liberia will be held at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown this evening, with kick-off at 18:30 CAT.

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