KUALA LUMPUR – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has suspended the Terengganu striker Paulo Rangel for six months from today.
In a statement, FAM said its Disciplinary Committee had, in a meeting today, found that Paolo was guilty when he ‘kicked the ball at the second assistant referee and pushed the referee’, which violated Article 51 (b) of the FAM Disciplinary Code 2015, read together with Article 18 (Para 4) of the same Code.
The 30-year-old Brazilian striker committed the offence during the FA Cup second semi-final match against Lions XII at Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Kuala Terengganu on May 16.
“However, the committee has decided to adopt Article 35 of the Code, in which the player will be suspended for three months first (from June 20 to Sept 19) and the postponement of the suspension for the remaining three months (from Sept 20 to Dec 19) will subject to good bahaviour of the player.
“If the player committed a serious violation under Article 49 of the FAM Disciplinary Code 2015, the remaining suspension period will be enforced immediately to the player. Paulo has also been given a stern warning and will face heavier penalty if he repeats the offence,” the statement said.
The decision, however, is appealable.
Meanwhile, Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) were fined RM5,000 and stripped of their right to play in the FA Cup second semi final match against Lions XII for fielding ineligible player.
The move taken by JDT II during the match at Pasir Gudang Municipal Council Stadium on April 22, was found to have violated Article 57 (Para 1) of the Code concerning ineligibility.
“The JDT II were considered to have lost 0-3 to Lions XII in the match,” the statement said.
JDT II, however, lost 0-2 to the FA Cup 2015 champion, Lions XII, in that match.
The decision is non-appealable.
FAM, however, did not disclose the name of the player involved. – BERNAMA