FAM impose suspensions on coach Rezal and player Safiq


KUALA LUMPUR: Kelantan head coach Rezal Zambery Yahya and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) midfielder Safiq Rahim have been suspended for misconduct during matches.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) disciplinary committee handed Rezal a two-month suspension from engaging in any football activities including administrative activities, football sports management and related activities and fined RM10,000.

His punishment stems from a statement the coach, who is a former national midfielder, made during an interview on issues related to FAM without permission where it could have had a negative impact on the good name and reputation of the parent body regarding the Malaysia Cup match between Kelantan and Sabah on Sept 30 last year.

Rezal was also found to have criticised the administration of FAM affairs involving aspects of refereeing and the management of the Malaysia League during the match at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu.

According to the statement by the committee chairman Datuk Dr Baljit Singh Sidhu, the suspension imposed on Rezal runs from Dec 30, 2021 to Jan 29, 2022 and but the second one-month suspension from Jan 30 to Feb 28 is subject to good conduct.

Meanwhile, footballer Safiq was found to have violated Article 50.1 (d) of the FAM disciplinary code for headbutting a player of the opposing team in the second semi-final match of the Malaysia Cup between JDT and Terengganu at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri on Nov 26.

Thus, the former captain of the national squad was given a three-match suspension with the Malaysia Cup final between Kuala Lumpur and JDT on Nov 30 being the first suspension.

“The remaining two-match suspension imposed on this player is effective immediately on this player’s first and second official matches in the M-League.... either in the same season or new season regardless of which team this player is registered with.

He said Safiq was also given a stern warning and faces a heavier punishment if he repeated the same offence. He can also appeal the punishment meted out. — Bernama.

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