JDT’s Farizal Marlias could face stern action from AFC

Johor Darul Ta’zim got knocked out of the AFC Cup after losing 2-1 to Ceres Negros at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.

Ceres Negros were awarded a last-minute penalty after JDT’s Aidil Zafuan fouled Ceres’ Rodriguez following a corner. Although it looked like a soft tackle, close-up images showed Aidil Zafuan tugging at Rodriguez’s shirt.

Consequently, JDT’s goalkeeper Farizal Marlias lost his cool and angrily made his way towards the referee to question the penalty. His vehement protests was met with a red card, especially since he laid hands on the referee.

Apart from the send-off during the final minutes of the match, Farizal Marlias could also potentially face stern action from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). This is because he laid hands on the match officials, and it is something that cannot be taken lightly.

AFC’s secretary-general Dato’ Windsor Paul John said that he is still awaiting report from the match officials, and will refer this matter to the AFC disciplinary committee.

“I will not elaborate any further, I will wait for the report fro the officials. Any action taken by the disciplinary committee will be based on the report.” HMetro quoted him as saying.

Although the action is subject to AFC’s discretion, the rules are clear that you should never lay hands on match officials.

Here’s what some of you had to say about Farizal’s action:


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