PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur’s Hafizi Rosli has made history for the wrong reasons – by being the first player to be charged with unsporting behaviour by the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) disciplinary committee.
The disciplinary committee Wednesday banned him for six months and fined him RM2,000.
In a first-of-its-kind incident, the KL player was alleged to have acted unprofessionally by “giving” the ball to his opponent from Sime Darby FC to score during their Premier League match at the KL Football Stadium in Cheras on May 17.
Disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Taufik Tan Sri Abdul Razak said that he had watched the video numerous times and found the player to be guilty of the wrongdoing.
“Let this be a reminder to all the players in the M-League to practise fairplay and sportsmanship. The KLFA had accused him for not giving his full commitment during the game and this led to FAM probing into the case,” Taufik told at a press conference at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Wednesday.
Taufik also warned that the player would be blacklisted by FAM until the fine is paid.
The committee also slapped Kelantan defender Zamri Ramli with a two-year ban for having tested positive for a banned susbstance (methamphetamine).
Zamri was a member of the Kelantan team who won the FA Cup final against Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) on June 29.
Taufik said the urine sample sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lab in India had been confirmed positive.
“We have meted out the punishment after considering the player’s age, family background and reputation,” said Taufik.
Players found guilty of taking banned substances can be banned for life (maximum) or six months (minimum). Zamri has 14 days to appeal against the decision.
Meanwhile, Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) have been fined RM40,000 for failing to provide adequate safety during their Super League match against Selangor at the Larkin Stadium on July 6.
Taufik said that there was a huge turnout but the home team failed to stop fans from bringing prohibited items, like flares, into the stadium.
“This is a serious offence and a serious safety issue. If there is a repeat of such an incident, the FAM will force all JDT home matches to be played behind close doors,” he warned.