PETALING JAYA: Ignorance is not bliss!
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have sent a stinging reminder that it is the players’ responsibility to consult team doctors or sports science experts when they take any medication or supplements.
The call for caution comes after national Under-23 goalkeeper Ahmad Syihan Hazmi Mohamed was slapped with a provisional 60-day ban by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after testing positive for banned substance methandienone at the AFC Under-23 Championship in Changshu, China, last month.
The Negri Sembilan player was Malaysia’s third-choice goalkeeper in the tournament and he did not play in any of the matches.
Syihan has requested for his B samples to be tested. AFC will take further action after receiving the test result.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said footballers needed to be more careful with what they consume.
“We can advise the players on what they should do or shouldn’t do.
“It’s impossible for us to monitor every single player in the country. It’s all up to the players because this is about their well-being and career,” said Hamidin yesterday.
“The player needs to check what they are consuming, they should approach their team doctors or they can check with our sports science department.”
Syihan’s doping case is the fourth case involving a Malaysian footballer.
In 2016, Perak’s Firdaus Saiyadi and Police’s Shafiq Jamal were slapped with two-year bans by the FAM disciplinary committee after testing positive for a banned substance in a Super League match between the two teams. The players’ B samples also tested positive.
In 2013, Kelantan defender Zamri Ramli was slapped with a two-year ban after testing positive for the banned substance methamphetamine.
Hamidin said the FAM conducted 32 doping tests in the 2017 M-League season and all the samples were negative.
“It’s a good result considering that two players had tested positive in the 2016 season. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and see how we can improve in the future,” added Hamidin.
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