PETALING JAYA: The Armed Forces FA received a rude shock when four of their players were suspended and fined for their involvement in a fracas during the FA Cup first round match against Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium on Jan 25.
The FA of Malaysia (FAM) notified the FA on Thursday via fax of the disciplinary committee’s decision to suspend the four players for between two and four matches. Their fines ranged from RM1,000 to RM1,500.
Utility player Mohd Fitri Omar was suspended for four matches and fined RM1,000 while the versatile Mohd Shukor Adan wad handed a two-match ban and RM1,000 fine.
Goalkeeper G. Jeevanathan and striker R. Surendren were both suspended for three matches and fined RM1,500 each.
Armed Forces skipper Hairuddin Omar was let off with a stern warning while the FA were fined RM2,024.
The disciplinary committee are now expected to haul up the Selangor players involved in the fracas next Wednesday.
In the FA Cup tie, Selangor came from two goals down to edge the Gladiators 3-2 on penalty shootouts after both teams were tied 2-2 in regulation and extra time.
The soldiers, going great guns in the Super League, will be a depleted side when they resume their campaign against Kelantan at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi on March 29.
Coach B. Sathianathan, whose side top the 12-team standings, will also be without two other players – defender K. Reuben and midfielder Rezal Zambery Yahaya – who will have to sit out one match after receiving three yellow cards each.
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