PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have charged Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) for the alleged tunnel fracas at the Larkin Stadium.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said that the secretariat sent a charge sheet to JDT on Monday for breaching article 28.1 of FAM’s disciplinary code.
“They have a week to respond (until March 11) before the FAM disciplinary committee decides on the next course of action,” said Hamidin on Tuesday.
Article 28.1 covers the failure to provide adequate security personnel or failure to provide safety measures in line with FAM’s requirement to ensure the wellbeing of the teams, officials, players, spectators or supporters of the home and the visiting team.
On Feb 1, a fracas breaks out in the tunnel during half-time of the FA Cup second round match between JDT and T-Team at the Larkin Stadium. The game is abandoned after T-Team stage a walkout following a bust-up between a senior JDT official and two T-Team players as the teams leave the field. JDT is then leading 2-1.
On Feb 2, 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 about the FA Cup incident.
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 JDT. As a result T-Team abandoned the match, refusing to come out after half-time, citing “security reasons”.
On Feb 4, 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 6, JDT were awarded a 3-0 win by the FAM as punishment to the T-Team for walking out of the match.
JDT are also being investigated for two other incidents – the fracas outside the Darul Makmur Stadium after a league match against Pahang on Feb 7, and the vandalism claim by Perak FA after the team manager’s car was damaged outside Larkin Stadium after a league game on Jan 18.
Another case of an alleged racial abuse by JDT’s Argentinian players Pablo Aimar and Luciano Figueroa on Pahang’s Jamaican defender Damion Stewart is also being investigated by the FAM.