Appeal against Aidil Zafuan’s suspension rejected

Johor Darul Takzim had their appeal to clear Aidil Zafuan of the red card rejected by the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association of Malaysia yesterday

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) announced yesterday that they have rejected Johor Darul Takzim’s (JDT) appeal to clear Aidil Zafuan of the two-match suspension he received after he was sent off in the game against LionsXII last Saturday.

FAM Disciplinary Committee Chairman Datuk Taufek Abdul Razak was at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya and highlighted that the appeal was not possible as the punishment was to take effect immediately.

He said: “The referees' decision is final and the Disciplinary Committee has no power to enact or amend the laws when a red card is shown.

“The sentence is set forth under Section 35.3 (2) of the Code of Conduct which states that any player receiving two yellow and/or a red card will be automatically suspended.”

Aidil was given the marching orders by referee Mohd Zam Zaidi in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) match at the Jalan Besar Stadium for a two-footed challenge on LionsXII’s Irwan Shah in the dying minutes of the second half.

According to FAM’s competition any player who receives a red card will face a two-game suspension in all competitions either in the Super League or the FA Cup.

The Southern Tigers made the appeal in an effort to make their centreback available for the FA Cup final on June 29 versus Kelantan at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil but to no avail.

The 25-year-old already missed out on the 1-1 draw against Felda United yesterday and will have to sit out the FA Cup final.

He will, however, be available for the last two matches of JDT’s MSL campaign against Negeri Sembilan (July 2) and Selangor (July 6).