Football

Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:30:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:31:52 PM

Sathianathan welcomes Sultan's proposal for Stadium

The Sultan of Selangor has advised the Selangor Mentri Besar to use the Shah Alam Stadium only for sporting events.

The Sultan of Selangor has advised the Selangor Mentri Besar to use the Shah Alam Stadium only for sporting events.

PETALING JAYA: Better days are in store for the Shah Alam Stadium ... provided the authorities concerned take heed and follow the advice of the Sultan of Selangor that it is strictly used for sporting events only.

On Monday, The Star carried a report stating Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s concern about the Shah Alam Stadium. It was reported that the Sultan had informed Mentri Besar of Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim of his porposals following concerns that the stadium’s facilities and maintenance were “not up to par”. He had even said that no entertainment activities such as concerts be allowed at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Armed Forces coach B. Sathianathan said this was “the best” thing that could happen to the stadium.

“The structure of the stadium is world class but everything else is in shambles. It defeats the purpose of having world class facilities when the maintenance, including the condition of the pitch, is poor,” said Sathianathan on Tuesday.

The former national coach said the authorities concerned should take heed of the royal command to upgrade the stadium facilities.

“I sincerely hope that the authorities concerned take heed. It is about time we took better care of the stadium. This is positive for sports,” said Sathianathan.

The Shah Alam Stadium is the home venue of the Red Giants in the M-League. Local football matches are staged here fortnightly besides the international football friendlies and competitions.

Malaysia were left red-faced in August when Spanish giants Barcelona refused to play at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil because of the poor grounds. The match was then moved to the Shah Alam Stadium at the eleventh hour.

Sathianathan also pointed out that the Larkin Stadium in Johor has been transformed under the leadership of JFA president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

“One can compare the condition of the stadium, then and now,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: football, Shah Alam Stadium, Sultan of Selangor, Selangor Sultan, Sathianathan

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