Football

Published: Tuesday February 11, 2014 MYT 7:44:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 11, 2014 MYT 8:56:10 PM

Irfan quits T-Team, retires from football after 'tunnel' incident

Mohd Irfan Abdul Ghani at a press conference in a Johor Baru restaurant. He claimed that he had sent his resignation letter on Feb 4, 2014.

Mohd Irfan Abdul Ghani at a press conference in a Johor Baru restaurant. He claimed that he had sent his resignation letter on Feb 4, 2014.

KUALA TERENGGANU: T-Team player Mohd Irfan Abdul Ghani, who denied that the Larkin Stadium tunnel fiasco took place, has quit the team.

According to a report from Johor Baru, the player has not only decided to resign from T-Team; he has also decided to retire from football.

Irfan, who held a press conference in a restaurant in Johor Baru, claimed that he had sent his resignation letter on Feb 4, and later swore on the Quran that what he said earlier was the truth.

Mohd Irfan Abdul Ghani swearing on the Al-Quran that what he had said earlier, that none of his T-Team team-mates were injured in the tunnel fracas, was true.
Mohd Irfan Abdul Ghani swearing on the Quran that what he had said earlier, that none of his T-Team team-mates were injured in the tunnel fracas, was true.

On Feb 1, T-Team striker Evaldo Goncalves, defender Fabio Flor de Azevado, fitness coach Stefano Impagliazzo and chief operating officer Mohd Syahrizan Mohd Zain lodged reports at the Kuala Terengganu district police headquarters.

Goncalves alleged that he was punched in the nose by a top Johor FA official while Impagliazzo claimed he was kicked in the groin by the official’s escort in the Larkin Stadium tunnel during the FA Cup second-round match against Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT). As a result T-Team abandoned the match, refusing to come out after half-time, citing “security reasons”.

On Feb 3, the Johor Football Association (JFA) also lodged a police report alleging JDT coach Cesar Jimenez was assaulted by a fitness coach and a striker from T-Team.

On Feb 5, Irfan came forward to deny any of his T-Team team-mates were injured in the tunnel fracas. According to him, Azlan was the one who stopped the team from taking to the field for the second half of the match.

The very next day, JDT were awarded a 3-0 win by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), qualifying them for the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Terengganu Football Association (TFA) president Datuk Wan Ahmad Nizam Wan Abdul Hamid confirmed that the association had received Irfan’s resignation letter.

Wan Ahmad said the T-Team management would study the contents of the letter before deciding on the next course of action based on his contract.

“We will look at the laws governing the contract, issued by the FAM, including punishment for such offences,” he told reporters here, on Tuesday.

Mohd Irfan was said to have sent the letter to the T-Team management, two days ago, after reports claimed that he had gone missing while attempts to contact him proved to be futile.

Wan Ahmad Nizam also labelled Irfan a “coward” as the player had not attended a ceremony to swear on the Quran, in front of Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

“If he had nothing to fear, he should have come to Terengganu to swear on the Quran but instead he had vacated his rented house without informing anyone. That meant he had already planned to leave,” he said.

On Monday, T-Team assistant coach Azlan Johar and midfielder Khairan Ezuan Razali swore on the Quran that the Larkin Stadium tunnel fiasco actually happened. – Bernama

Tags / Keywords: football, T-Team, JDT, Johor Darul Ta'zim, tunnel, Mohd Irfan Abdul Ghani, Wan Ahmad Nizam Wan Abdul Hamid

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