MSL players banned for two years over doping violation

Perak’s Malaysia Under-22 forward Firdaus Saiyadi and PDRM’s Shafiq Jamal were given two-year bans after urine samples returned positive for banned substances. 

Perak forward Firdaus Saiyadi will have to kiss his hopes of playing in the 2017 SEA Games goodbye after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) slapped the youngster with a two-year ban for the use of banned substances.

Firdaus and PDRM’s Shafiq Jamal, who received a similar punishment, can only return to competitive football in the 2018 mid-season transfer window as their ban expires on June 8 that year.

“The urine samples of both players collected when PDRM hosted Perak in the MSL on May 4 were positive in doping tests conducted and it violated Article 6 of the 2016 AFC Anti-doping Regulations,” read a statement by FAM.

Both players had appealed after initial test results revealed their use of prohibited substance, thus exercising their right for a B sample to be tested.

The urine sample, also collected immediately after match, was sent to India and returned positive.

Firdaus was selected by Malaysia Under-22 coach Frank Bernhardt for the Nations Cup at the start of June but did not see action in the competition. He was later dropped from the Japan tour after receiving a temporary suspension pending his appeal.

Shafiq, who turns 29 in December, is in his first season with the Cops following three seasons with now second-tier side Sime Darby.

Shafiq was among the scorers of the night their urine samples were collected. The match finished 2-2.