PETALING JAYA – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) slapped Malaysian international Gary Steven Robbat with a three-month suspension effective today and a fine of RM50,000 for signing with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) without prior approval.
The suspension brought an end to a three-way tussle for the 22-year-old player, namely his home state Kedah, Johor and Pahang.
FAM’s Player Status Committee chairman Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the Kulim-born player had violated the FAM’s rules by signing for JDT on Nov 21, last year even before receiving a release letter from the FAM on Dec 1, 2014.
“Starting today Gary cannot be involved any kind of football activities in the M-League and contracts that he had allegedly signed with JDT and Pahang will be declared null and void,” Takiyuddin told reporters after chairing the FAM Player Status Committee meeting in Wisma FAM, here today.
Takiyuddin said after serving the suspension Gary would become a Free Agent although he was born in Kedah because according to the FAM’s regulations the former Harimau Muda player must return to his former team (Harimau Muda C) after his assignment is over.
“We had to take a long time to decide the status of Gary but based on the FAM’s regulations, Gary does not belong to Kedah but Harimau Muda C and must have returned to the team,” he said.
Takiyuddin said during the suspension period no teams or Gary himself can hold discussions about signing a contract.
He said the committee had also decided to fine JDT RM100,000 for negligence (signing Gary without knowing his status) while Pahang were issued a warning.
Takiyuddin added that JDT were also issued a stern warning for its oversight to sign Mohd Faizul Hussin from Pahang whose contract has not expired.
“Mohd Faizul who was paid RM10,000 a month as salary must reimburse 13 months salary (RM13,000) to Pahang,” he said. – BERNAMA