PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have lifted the ban on the 84 players caught for match fixing 22 years ago.
FAM deputy-president Datuk Seri Affandy Hamzah said the players are now free to participate in all football-related activities at state and national levels.
“Of the six players who are serving life bans, we will appeal to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA (world football’s governing body) to lift their sentences,” said Affandy after chairing the FAM executive committee meeting at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Monday.
Malaysian football was tainted by match fixing in the 1993-1994 season and it resulted in police picking up more than 100 players.
Some of the offenders were banished under the Restricted Residence Act while others were suspended from playing.
In another development, 2,000 additional tickets costing RM5 will be sold to children below 12 for the FA Cup final between Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and PKNS FC at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
Last week the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) announced an increase in ticket price from RM40 to RM50, including for children.
A total of 70,000 tickets will be available for the final, with JDT getting 50,000 and PKNS 10,000. The remaining 10,000 tickets will be sold online at www.tickethotline.com.my.