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Pahang head coach Dollah Salleh return in December after ban cut to five months

Pahang head coach Dollah Salleh can return to his job in December after his 18-month ban for insulting match officials was reduced to five months.

Dollah was fined RM30,000 and banned for 18 months by The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Disciplinary Committee after criticising the standard of refereeing and other matters concerning FAM after the 1-2 loss to Felda United in a Super League match on 1 July.

As the consequence, the Pahang head coach has been ordered to stay away from all football related activities starting 21 July 2018 until 20 April 2018.

However, during an event in Johor on Tuesday night, the FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim revealed that the Pahang coach will only be suspended for only 5 months after he submitted an appeal.

“Dollah Salleh will only be suspended for 5 months, and not for one and a half years.” the Crown Prince explained, as quoted by Stadium MY.

Previously, FAM received criticism from local football fans for “misuse of power” after imposing the ban on the former Malaysia national football team head coach.

“Dollah Salleh can still train the team, he is just not allowed to sit on the bench during matches. And his suspension is only until December.” the Crown Prince added.