Luciano Figueora and Pablo Aimar waiting for T-Team players to show up for the second half of the match at Stadium Larkin here in Johor Baru.
PETALING JAYA: Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin today tweeted that the altercation that took place in Larkin Stadium on Saturday between officials and players of Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) and T-Team needs to be investigated without bias.
Khairy, in response to a question by a netizen asking his stand on the incident, wrote, “The issue should be thoroughly investigated without bias. It is a serious issue and was witnessed by many.”
The incident, in addition to being a hot topic of discussion among football fans nationwide, has attracted a lot of attention on social media with videos and protest pages being put up.
Reports suggest that the quarrel between the two teams had broken out at the half-time break when players and officials headed for the tunnel.
T-Team, on their official Facebook page, posted that the scuffle had resulted in T-Team player Evaldo Goncalves being punched in the nose, and team fitness coach, Stefano receiving a kick to the groin from a JDT official.
On their Facebook page, T-Team also said that the team management was clueless as to why officials from JDT had attacked T-team members.
The match between the two sides was then halted when T-Team members refused to take the field for the second half, as they had feared for their safety.
Match commissioner Zainal Mukri has said that he would refer the incident to the FAM competitions committee.
He also confirmed that a shouting match took place between JDT coach Cesar Jimenez and a T-Team fitness coach.
Zainal added that the match had been postponed and further action would be at the discretion of FAM.
JDT had been leading 2-1 at the halfway mark with goals having been contributed by Argentine forward Luciano Figueroa in the 15th and 20th minutes with T-Team’s goal coming courtesy of skipper Mohd Marzuki Yusof in the 26th minute off a freekick.