JDT players leaving the pitch after T-Team players did not come out after half-time at the Larkin Stadium on Feb 1, 2014.
PETALING JAYA: The “tunnel incident” at the Larkin Stadium has not been put to rest yet. But on Friday, the two bitter rivals Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and T-Team will have a go at each other again in a Super League match at the same venue which hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The incident happened at the FA Cup second round tie on Feb 1, resulting in the Terengganu club side refusing to come out after half-time (with JDT leading 2-1), citing security reasons.
T-Team head coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah said they have returned with the hope that the FA of Malaysia (FAM) would have taken the necessary precautionary measures.
“Hopefully, the LOC (local organising committee) will be alert after the last incident. Of course, the memory (of the incident) is there. We hope they will ensure there is adequate security. On our part, we have nothing to worry about,” said Azraai on Thursday.
During the tunnel incident, T-Team striker Evaldo Goncalves, defender Fabio Flor de Azevado and fitness coach Stefano Impagliazzo alleged that they were assaulted by a top Johor FA official and his bodyguard at half-time.
The FAM penalised T-Team for breaching the competition rules code 4.12.15B for “withdrawing from the game” and awarded the match to JDT with a 3-0 win.
Last month, the FAM’s rules and regulations committee charged the Johor side with “not providing adequate security” during the alleged tunnel incident. Since, then, the FAM disciplinary committee has found JDT guilty of failing to provide adequate security measures. They were fined RM30,000. But FAM have not concluded their investigations nor have they found who started the alleged bust-up.
Meanwhile, T-Team have terminated the services of the two Brazilian players who were involved in the tunnel incident - Azevado and Goncalves. They have been replaced with new signings, Jimmy Mulisa from Rwanda and Brazilian Leandro Dos Santos. The other two new players recruited are Terengganu’s Nik Zul Aziz Nawawi and PKNS FC striker Fazli Baharudin.