Aidil given additional four match international ban for abusing officials

Having already slipped down in pecking order at Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak will also miss international action until at least June 2018 after being handed an additional four-match suspension for his conduct towards match officials when Malaysia played Hong Kong in the Asian Cup on September 5.

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This suspension is on top of the automatic one-match suspension Aidil will serve against North Korea in an Asian Cup qualifier on October 5.

Aidil received his marching orders in stoppage time after he aggresively pushed referee Christopher Beath’s hand away when the Australian awarded Hong Kong a late penalty at the Hang Jebat Stadium.

He returned to the pitch after the final whistle to have a go at Beath and had to be restrained by teammates and other Malaysian officials.

Malaysia coach Nelo Vingada and Amirul Hadi Zainal also raced towards Beath and had to be restrained, but the duo escaped any sanction.

The AFC Disciplinary and Ethnics Committee decision read: “the defendant (Aidil) did not leave the field of play for approximately two minutes and 30 seconds and used abusive and insulting language towards the referee.

"On three occasions after the match he approached the referees in an aggressive manner and used abusive and insulting language towards them.”

Aidil, who was also fined USD5,000 (RM21,032), will miss all of Malaysia’s remaining four Asian Cup qualifier.

The 30-year-old Aidil may find it tough to return to the national team once he serves his suspension because there are younger defenders threatening to take his spot.

Fadhli Shas and Junior Eldstal are already ahead of him in the pecking order at JDT.

The likes of Adib Zainuddin and Adam Nor Azlin are also hoping to make the breakthrough after the SEA Games while Pahang’s Kiko Insa can also play in the heart of the defence.