Dollah banned 18 months for outburst

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) flexed its muscles and handed Pahang coach Dollah Salleh a 18-month ban and RM30, 000 fine for his post-match comments following the Elephants’ 2-1 loss to Felda United in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) on July 1.

Dollah will, however, serve nine months of the ban first until April 2018 as the remaining nine months is a suspended sentence subject to further behaviour.

The former Malaysia coach had lamented the officiating of the said match and accused the referee of killing his team’s spirits. Dollah claimed decisions were often against Pahang in several matches and even hinted at the element of match-fixing by the officials, thus invoking the infamous Article 88 that many – including FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim – have called to be repealed in the past.

Dollah will, however, serve nine months of the ban first until April 2018 as the remaining nine months is a suspended sentence subject to further behaviour

The comments did not sit too well with the FAM disciplinary committee, who sat on Thursday to deliberate several incidents. The decision was made public on Saturday.

“Dollah violated Article 61 of the FAM Disciplinary Code, which was read together with Article 88, by making comments to the press that can, directly or indirectly, bring a negative impact to the FAM's reputation and good name,” read the committee’s decision.

“Dollah will have to serve the remaining nine months if there is a repeat offence in the next 12 months. The punishment can be appealed.” Ironically, Johor Darul Ta’zim’s former coach Benjamin Mora had previously escaped punishment for tearing into match officials when the Southern Tigers lost the FA Cup semi-final battle with Pahang in April. Separately, Felda United’s Zah Rahan Krangar was handed a six-match ban (four matches a suspended sentence) and fine RM1, 000 for a spitting incident.

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