Karl Decena, InterAKTV
The United Football League has slapped a one-year ban to reigning Most Valuable Player Rufo Sanchez, who is still a subject of a tug-of-war between rival clubs Global FC and Stallion Sta. Lucia.
UFL general manager Cesar de Larrazabal confirmed to InterAKTV that Sanchez is suspended for the upcoming season after “repeated violations and failure to respect and comply with the directive” of the league.
“The UFL Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned you with a ban from all competitions of the UFL for a period of one year with immediate effect,” De Larrazabal wrote to Sanchez in a letter obtained by InterAKTV.
De Larrazabal wrote that the suspension came after Sanchez joined Global during its semifinal campaign in the 2013 Singapore Cup last week. The UFL has apparently barred the Spanish striker to train and play “in all competitions, tournaments, leagues and other events with Global FC and any other football club” as Sanchez has yet to secure a transfer certificate from Stallion Sta. Lucia.
Global announced last September that it already signed Sanchez to a contract. But Stallion claimed that it still has the rights to the Spanish striker, who helped the club win the Cup and League titles last season.
Global earlier was forced to forfeit all of its preseason matches involving Sanchez, who still played with the team despite him being regarded as a registered player of Stallion by the UFL.
The UFL has earlier warned Sanchez that once he continues to play with Global, his actions “will be met with severe sanction including a possible ban from all competitions of the UFL.”
Sanchez has 10 days, or until October 14, to appeal his ban, the UFL wrote. However, he will remain suspended as long as his plea is not granted.