Thursday, 9 February 2012

FAM reveals President Cup players suspended for match-fixing

The Football  Association of Malaysia (FAM) suspended 11 Negeri Sembilan President's Cup players for between one to five years, effective Nov 30 last year, following their involvement in match-fixing.

According to a statement from the FAM today, investigations carried out by the FAM Disciplinary Committee over players and officials of the Negeri Sembilan President's Cup squad, revealed their involvement in match-fixing.

The statement said four players - Mohd Yatim Abdullah, D. Adrian, Norhairi Abdul Rahman, Muhammad Zulfadhlie Mohamad A'ashari - were suspended for one year while Muhammad Zaidi Othman, Hamirul Fahamie Abu Yazid, Anwarul Hafiz Ahmad, Muhammad Haikal Mohamad Nazri, Suhairy Johari, Muhammad Rizqi Azman and Mohd Hafiz Mohd Nor were suspended for five years from any football activities at national level.

"Appeal can only be made after one year and via a written appeal to the FAM," said FAM.

FAM also stated that Negeri Sembilan's President's Cup coach Yusarman Yusof was given a life ban from football activities and can only submit an appeal after 10 years.

The statement added that a number of players and officials from the President's Cup squads of SDM Penang, Johor MP Muar and Terengganu T-Team have been temporarily suspended pending the FAM Disciplinary Committee's investigation.

FAM secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad had recently announced that the FAM had suspended 18 players and officials for fixing President's Cup matches last year.

A bribery scandal which had rocked Malaysian football back in 1994 and 1995, saw more than 100 players banished.

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