Johor DT release statement to clarify Gary Steven’s situation

Johor Darul Takzim have released a statement to clarify the transfer status of Gary Steven Robbat, who is in the midst of a confusing crisis at the the moment.

The 22 year-old, who has been plying his trade with Harimau Muda for the past few years, opted to move into the Malaysian Super League by signing for Pahang FA last month. He was scheduled to join the Tok Gajahs, together with fellow Harimau Muda colleague, D. Saarvindran, as exclusively revealed on

However, confusion erupted when Johor started pursuing him last week, before officially confirming his inclusion in their registered squad for the 2015 Super League season yesterday. This came right after Pahang also confirmed the registration of Gary Steven in their squad for the upcoming campaign.

Fans were left baffled for a few hours, before Johor DT released a statement, claiming that this particular issue will have to be investigated thoroughly by FAM’s Player Status Comittee.

“With regards to the issue involving Gary Steven Robbat, we are basically facing a situation where a player has signed for two different teams at the same time,” the statement read.

“Therefore, in such a situation, the FAM’s Player Status Committee will intervene and contact the FAs involved and the player in question to decide on which team he belongs to.

“While we will fully respect any decision made by the Status Committee after listening to all parties, we hope not to bother Gary for the time being as he is currently on international duty at the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup. Right now, all of us should be supportive of him and wish him and the Harimau Malaya all the best.”

This is not the first time such controversy has happened, with Amirulhadi being embroiled in it last year, when he allegedly signed for Johor DT despite initially agreeing to extend his deal with Pahang.

But after interference from FAM, it was decided that his move to Johor DT would be ratified and recognized as a legitimate transfer.

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