The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has punished Kelantan defender Zamri Ramli with a two-year suspension after he was found guilty of taking the drug methamphetamine for the FA Cup final against Johor Darul Takzim last June.
However, he may appeal against the punishment within the next 14 days, according to the FAM’s Disciplinary Committee President, Datuk Taufek Abd Razak.
In his statement, Taufek said: "The committee has made a decision that the player, who was only an unused substitute in the FA Cup final, has been found guilty for using a drug called methamphetamine.
"With the age factor, his background and family aspects taken into consideration, the player will be suspended from playing football for two years instead of the rest of his life."
Taufek also insisted that this punishment will be a warning and a signal to other players that they should never use drugs.
"FAM is looking into this matter seriously and I hope other players can learn from this.
This punishment is not meant to purposely give (the) player such (a) hard time, but for it to be a lesson so that other players would not follow," he added.