Controversy mars match

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  • Friday, 20 Mar 2015

Tense: KLDFA players trying to calm down a clearly angry Rosnan (third from left) after he was sent off.

The Super Division Group A match between PKNS and Kuala Langat District Football Association (KLDFA), at the PKNS Sports Complex in Kelana Jaya, was called off after match official K. Rajan was man-handled.

KLDFA’s Rosnan Omar was shown the yellow card in the 40th minute of the match. However Rosnan, unhappy with the decision, rushed at linesman Rajan and started attacking the match official. Referee V. Sivam flashed the red card at Rosnan and decided to call off the match.

The score was then 1-0 in favour of PKNS, who had scored through Fairus Rosli in the 31st minute. The Football Association of Selangor (FAS) will meet soon to decide the outcome of the match as well as take action against KLDFA.

Rajan, who claimed he was kicked and threatened, made a police report later. Rosnan is expected to face the FAS disciplinary board for his behaviour.

The match was crucial as both PKNS and KLDFA were involved in the race to be among the top four in Group A and qualify for the quarter-finals.

Prior to the match, except for Nilam Puri-Dengkil and Malaysia Airlines, the other seven teams — PNSB, Proton, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Belia Selangor A, PKNS, KLDFA and TLDM — were in the running for the top four spots in Group A.

PNSB, the defending champions, were held to a scoreless draw by TLDM while MBSA defeated Malaysia Airlines 2-0. Unbeaten PNSB are currently leading the nine-team table with 13 points from four wins and a draw.

Belia Selangor B have taken over the top spot in Group B after edging Sultan Sulaiman Club 2-1. Belia Selangor B, comprising Selangor Back-up squad players, have 12 points from four wins and a defeat. Former champions Emkay-NPNG, who did not play last weekend, are second on 10 points followed by Anak Kalumpang-Teleflow.

Five teams — Belia Selangor B, Sultan Sulaiman Clu, Emkay-NPNG, Anak Kalumpang-Teleflow and Smart Focus — are in the race for the quarter-final berths. All five teams have one match in hand.

Emkay-NPNG coach cum manager Michael Palani said they would be meeting Selangor Indian Association (SIA) in their last group match.

“SIA have not won any match. They are also not in the running for a quarter-final berth. But we are not taking them lightly. They will be eager to win, at least one match. So we cannot afford to take them lightly,’’ said Michael.

In the Premier Division, Team Force’s, who have qualified for the quarter-finals, unbeaten run in the league came to an end when they were beaten by UiTM in a Group B match in Shah Alam.

Following the win, UiTM have 13 points and will have to win their last group match to pip Selangor Chinese Recreation Club (SCRC) to second spot. SCRC, who defeated Darul Ehsan 4-0, have completed their group obligations and have 13 points.

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