BY RIZAL ABDULLAH
JOHOR BARU: It is all over for Johor FC's Australian hitman Tayfun Ulvi Devrimol who was sacked for gross indiscipline as the team headed to Kangar yesterday to face Perlis in their opening second round Group D Malaysia Cup match at the Utama Stadium tonight.
With the sacking came a strong warning from the Premier League club president Ahamad Mohamad that there is no room for indiscipline even if it has to be at the expense of winning a title.
Let this be a clear warning to all the players and team officials. There is no room for indiscipline in the team for locals or foreigners. We will take stern action against indiscipline, said Ahamad.
Johor FC secretary Tahir Hamdan said Devromol was hauled up after he spat at coach Raul Carrizo in the dressing room following Johor FC's come-from-behind 3-2 win over Perlis at the JCorp Stadium in Pasir Gudang on Aug 29.
According to Tahir the disciplinary committee was unanimous in their decision and found Devrimol guilty of the offence. He was also fined A$3,000. Devrimol, who scored the winner against Perlis, has appealed against the fine.
He returned home earlier this week and did not play in the scoreless draw against Malacca Telekom at Pasir Gudang in a mid-week match because of a one-match suspension for two yellow card offences.
But Devrimol is not the least of Johor FC's worries. Instead, it is the goal-shy forwards who are a cause for concern as the Hornets look to keep their place at the table of the group.
Johor FC lead the group with five points with Telekom second on four and Sabah third, also on four points while Perlis are at the bottom with only three points to show after the first round matches.
The Johor club are also aware that Perlis are wounded after their 0-1 defeat to Sabah at Likas on Wednesday.
Perlis are bound to come charging at Johor FC to make up for the 2-3 defeat in the first round. That defeat is still fresh in the minds of the Northern Lions. On Wednesday, Perlis lost further ground when they went down 0-1 to Sabah.
Johor will again have to make do without first choice goalkeeper G. Jeevanathan, who is still nursing a hamstring injury but will welcome back rightback Hasnawi Ismail from a one-match suspension.