Penang handed victory over Crocs by default

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak have been forfeited their Super League victory over Penang for fielding an ineligible foreign player. 

Sarawak won the match 3-1 in Kuching on Dec 27 but the FA of Malaysia (FAM) competitions committee handed Penang a 3-0 victory by default. 

Competitions committee chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar said after a meeting at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday: “Under FAM rules, teams are not allowed to field foreign players if they had not resolved issues involving their foreign players in the previous season.” 

The Crocs have not resolved matters concerning Slovakian Ivan Ziga. The former Public Bank midfielder is unhappy that Sarawak discarded him barely three months into a one-year contract. 

“The rules are clear and we have to hand Penang a 3-0 victory in the match by default,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Waterfall Rangers of Penang have been suspended for two years for withdrawing from the FAM Cup competition this year. Under the suspension, Rangers cannot compete in tournaments sanctioned by the FAM. 

Raja Ahmad said that the withdrawal of Rangers left 10 teams in the competition, scheduled for kick-off on Jan 28. 

The teams in the fray are KL City Hall, Maju United, Sukses FC, Proton FC, Felda United, Beverly Football Club Sabah, Kuala Terengganu District Office, RAMD, Tambun Tualang Perlis and Muar Municipal Council. 

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