MOST Terengganu fans are shocked that coach Peter Butler has been suspended for six months by the Terengganu FA.
Even more astonishing, said Terengganu Fan Club president, Mohd Isa Che Arifin, are the light sentences on defender Muslim Ahmad, midfielder Ismail Faruqi Asha'ri and goalkeeper Sharbinee Allawee Ramli by the disciplinary committee.
"It is just unfair that those who committed the crime got off with a warning and RM1,000 fine while the guy who tried to discipline them was suspended for six months and fined RM4,000," said Mohd Isa.
"Muslim and Ismail admitted that they had broken the curfew in Alor Star even if they denied having the girls with them. And we all saw what Sharbinee did during the match against Kedah at home the other day."
In all fairness, said Mohd Isa, a more severe punishment should have been meted out by the association on the guilty players.
"As hardcore fans, we only want the best for Terengganu football and we just do not see how the six-month ban on coach Butler will help our team," he added.
"If Butler decides to stay with the team, he will not be involved with the preparation for next season and that will be a disaster."
Mohd Isa said the punishment by the FA was a sure way to drive Butler from Terengganu.
"If that is true, then it is time to weep as our football will forever be mediocre. We can only hope that the coach will remain strong and find a way to fight this."