Thursday, September 05, 2013

Kelantan Defender Suspended Two Years For Failing Dope Test

PETALING JAYA, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- Kelantan defender Zamri Ramli was handed a two-year suspension by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for failing a dope test.

The defender who was tested during the FA Cup final between Kelantan and Johor Darul Takzim on June 29 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, was alleged to have consumed Methamphetamine.

The FAM Disciplinary Committee chairman Datuk Taufik Abdul Razak said the player would however, be given 14 days to make an appeal due to his family background and age.

"The sample tested in India was positive and the use of the substance is banned by FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)," he said after chairing a four-hour meeting at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, here, on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Johor DT were also fined RM40,000 for failing to provide adequate security during a Super League match between Johor DT and Selangor, at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin on July 6.

"They (Johor DT) admitted their mistake....the committee view the safety of fans very seriously because many fans throng the stadium.

"If we look at the attendance at the stadium, it is always flooded with fans and supporters of Johor DT and the host must give priority to safety aspects," he said.

In another disciplinary case deliberated today, Kuala Lumpur defender Hafizie Roslee was suspended for six months and fined RM2,000 for lack of sportsmanship on the field.

Taufik said during a Premier League match between Kuala Lumpur and Sime Darby FC on May 17, at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras, the defender did not make an effort to prevent the opposing team from scoring in the match that was by Sime Darby 5-0.

"He (Hafizie) made no attempts to stop an opposing player from scoring a goal...though he pleaded innocence, we viewed the video clip of the match and found him guilty," said Taufik.

Taufik added that the player would be blacklisted if he failed to settle the fine and would face another six-month suspension.

-- BERNAMA

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