PETALING JAYA: Stop the blame game!
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has hit out at the affiliates for their “unsporting attitude” and “uncalled for criticisms” against the national body.
He said that affiliates should accept the decisions of the disciplinary committee, as “we bear no malice towards anybody”.
Earlier this month, the Kelantan FA (Kafa) had threatened to pullout from the M-League after the FAM status committee had ordered them to compensate former coach Steve Darby RM636,000 for failing to settle his unpaid salary.
The Terengganu FA had made a similar threat in May following a dispute in the match officials’ decision, which saw the Turtles being knocked out from the FA Cup semi-finals by Lions XII.
An irate Tengku Abdullah said that the FAM do not mete out punishment blindly and that the affiliates should go through the proper channels to air their grouses.
“We’re not punishing anyone indiscriminately. The committees in FAM are headed by credible people and all decisions are made according to the rules and regulations,” said Tengku Abdullah after chairing the FAM’s 51st Congress at a leading hotel here on Thursday.
“The punishments are meted based on the findings of the committees and there’s no foul play in the process. Those involved still have an avenue to appeal. It’s all about discipline, everyone must follow the rules ... we have rules just like any other sports and I hope everyone toes the line.”
Tengku Abdullah announced that the FAM will set up a new “independent committee” to contribute fresh ideas on FAM’s policies.
The committee will comprise former football officials, players and members of the media. The committee will be formed after discussing the proposal in detail at the next FAM executive committee meeting.
“The scope of the (committee) is not limited ... no restrictions. The committee will function as a consultative body to study, evaluate or review issues and advise the FAM executive committee, especially on policy matters,” said Tengku Abdullah.
In another development, the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) have signed a sponsorship deal with Telekom Malaysia (TM) that would see the telco giant become the title sponsor for the Malaysia Cup competition for three years (2015-2017) and co-sponsors of the Super League for two years (2016-2017).
TM Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said that “we are proud to tie up with FMLLP to sponsor the Malaysia Cup”.
“The Malaysia Cup never fails to draw thousands of people together. We hope to re-ignite the interest of Malaysians towards local football and bring the fans together to cheer for their favourite teams.”