PETALING JAYA: Pahang’s hopes of winning a silverware has taken a massive dent after coach Dollah Salleh was slapped with an 18-month ban and fined RM30,000 by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
The former international has been penalised for criticising the standard of refereeing and other matters concerning FAM after the Super League match against Felda United in Jengka on July 1.
FAM disciplinary committee found the former national team coach guilty of breaching Article 61 of the FAM Disciplinary Code and Article 88 of the FAM Statute, by making a statement to the media that could tarnish the image and reputation of the association.
The suspension took effect on Friday and will end on April 20, 2018.
The 53-year-old Dollah will have to serve out nine months of the suspension. The remaining nine months is suspended pending good behaviour.
Dollah, however, can appeal against the decision.
Felda United’s Zah Rahan Krangar has also been suspended for six matches and fined RM1,000 for spitting at a Pahang player during the same match.
Zah Rahan has already sat out two matches – against Sarawak on July 11 and against Perak yesterday. He needs to maintain good behaviour for the next six months, failing which he will have to serve the remaining four-match suspension.
Two President’s Cup players – Muhammad Aizzat Maidin Koty of Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) and Amir Hafiz Mohd Noor of PKNS – were banned for two matches and fined RM3,000 each after being sent off for violent behaviour during the teams’ President’s Cup match at the 1Malaysia Mini Stadium in Chemor, Perak, on July 3.