Friday June 29, 2012
‘Red card’ for ex-footballer
By SARBAN SINGH
SEREMBAN: Former national footballer Yusarman Yusof (pic), who was also coach for the Negri Sembilan's President's Cup team, has been sentenced to 15 months in jail and fined RM200,000 for match- fixing.
Yusarman, who donned the national colours between 1994 and 1996, was found guilty with two others still at large of 20 counts of giving bribes to 10 players.
The 36-year-old was found guilty of giving each player RM300 at a karaoke lounge in Senawang, near here, at 9pm on April 19 last year. He had passed the money to two men he met at the lounge.
The money, given two days before a match against Penang SDM Navy at the Bertam Stadium in Penang, was an inducement to allow a player from the opposing side to score a goal.
Negri Sembilan won 5-2.
Yusarman was also found guilty of 11 other charges of giving his players RM2,000 each a day after the match.
Judge Datin Nursinah Adzmi said based on the testimonies from the players, Yusarman was the one who had arranged for the meeting with the duo at the lounge.
“The court cannot accept your testimony that you did not know the two men who gave the money to the players,” she ruled.
“If you didn't know the men, how did they get into the room to offer the money to the players?” Nursi-nah said, adding that according to witnesses' testimonies as well, Yusarman was present when the players were given the money.
“In fact, one of the players even returned the money to you and you had told him that it was entirely up to him if he wanted it or not. You also told him that whatever he decided, he still had to play according to your directions,” she said.
However, Nursinah allowed a request for Yusarman to be freed on bail pending an appeal.
Yusarman, who has been suspended by the Football Association of Malaysia for life, was arrested following a complaint from one of the players, Mohamad Yatim Abdullah.
Yusarman's counsel Raftfizi Zainal Abidin urged the court to impose a lighter sentence, saying the footballer had served the country as a sportsman.
“His suspension means that he won't be able to make a living out of coaching anymore.”