ALOR SETAR – The Kedah Football Association (KFA) has yet to decide what action to take against international Gary Steven Robbat for not informing the KFA before signing to play for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).
KFA honorary secretary Aminuddin Omar said as a Kedah-born player, Gary, a former Harimau Muda player, should have informed the KFA before signing for JDT.
“According to the terms and conditions, players who represent Harimau Muda must return to the state before they are allowed to sign for other teams. Gary did not even contact us (KFA),” he told Bernama, here yesterday.
Aminuddin who is also the state Youth and Sports, Culture, Arts, Heritage and Non Governmental Organisations committee chairman said he (Gary) should have informed KFA of his decision to sign for Johor.
He said KFA were also waiting for a decision from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over the issue of the player.
Gary, born in Kulim, Kedah was an integral part of Harimau Muda coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s squad before catching the eyes of former national head coach Datuk K. Rajagobal who absorbed him into the senior squad.
Last year, current national coach Dollah Salleh retained Gary in the squad that went on to finish as the runner-up in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014.
Last month, Gary who was a pillar of strength in the national team’s engine room, shocked the local football scene by signing for JDT and Pahang, two Super League teams that play in the M-League.
He (Gary) is currently in Australia with the JDT team that is on a pre-season training.
Meanwhile, in Johor Baharu the Johor Football Association president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim believes Gary has the right to choose whichever team that he preferred to ensure his future.
“This is the player’s rights. It must be up to the player whether he wants to play for Johor, Pahang or Kedah. I cannot understand why states are still forcing players to play for them,” he told reporters during a press conference at the Larkin Stadium, today.
Tunku Ismail however, clarified that Gary’s fate would be decided by the FAM’s Players Status Committee although JDT had sent a letter to KFA and know that JDT may be required to pay compensation. – BERNAMA