KUANTAN – The country’s first naturalised footballer, Mohamadou Sumareh, has been slapped with a two-year suspension by the Pahang Football Association (PFA) Disciplinary Committee, which found him guilty of four offences committed during his stint with the Pahang squad.
PFA Disciplinary Committee chairman Rizal Chek Hashim said the decision would be conveyed to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for further action.
“The decision was made after the PFA Disciplinary Committee met to evaluate the charges levelled at the player, who was found to have breached his terms of contract as reported by the PFA and the Pahang Super League team to us.
“The charges have gone through the notification and hearing processes as contained in the PFA legal provisions and the player involved has been given notice twice to respond to the charges against him,” he told a media conference here.
Rizal said Sumareh, who is now with Thai club Police Tero FC, had been asked to attend the PFA Disciplinary Committee hearing but he did not turn up.
He said Sumareh was found to have made a press statement without the PFA’s authorisation, breaching Article 61 of the FAM Disciplinary Code, Article 4.11 of the player’s contract and Article 10.05 of the 2004 PFA Constitution.
For the second charge, the Gambia-born player was found to have breached Article 6.6 of the player’s contract for referring directly to the world football governing body FIFA instead of to FAM.
“The player did not attend training sessions with the team between Aug 3 and Aug 28 and also failed to turn up for the Super League match between Pahang and Johor Darul Ta’zim on Aug 28, in breach of Article 5.1 of his contract,” he added.
Sumareh, who began playing for Pahang in 2017, was said to have sent a contract termination letter to PFA on Aug 4, based on Clause 8.6 which states that a player could terminate his contract if the team failed to pay his salary more than once.
PFA, however, reportedly denied the allegation and held on to the agreement signed and decision reached upon by both parties.