AFC officially bans JDT’s Farizal Marlias from football for 12 months

The Asian Football Confederation confirmed that Johor Darul Ta’azim’s Farizal Marlias has been handed a 12-month ban from all football-related activity in Asia, as well as a hefty USD40,000 fine for his violent conduct during their AFC Cup tie against Ceres Negros last month.

In a statement released earlier today, the AFC said: “The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee held an urgent meeting on Thursday evening to deliberate matters which occurred in the AFC club competitions on May 31, 2017. The Committee emphasised that the physical integrity of match officials must be both respected and protected at all times.

“Farizal was expelled by the referee for using his fists to push the referee in the chest, an act of violent conduct. After being expelled, the player used his fists to push the referee in the chest, used his hands to push the referee in the chest, used his hands to push the second assistant referee, used his shoulder to push the first assistant referee, and used his hands to push the fourth official as he exited the field of play, all actions which bring the game of football into serious disrepute.”

AFC also went on to confirm that JDT head coach Benjamin Mora has been fined USD7,000 for verbally abusing match officials after the match. All fines are required to be paid within 30 days of the announcement of this decision.

More to come…

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