PETALING JAYA: Next year’s FIFA Congress in Kuala Lumpur is officially off!
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) confirmed on Monday that they have withdrawn from hosting the Congress due to security reasons.
FAM deputy president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah said that the world football governing body had accepted their decision of pulling out from hosting the 2017 Congress.
“This decision has nothing to do with any internal conflicts (in FAM) as speculated by many. We have been advised by the government to do so because of security reasons. There is nothing more to it,” clarified Afandi at a press conference after chairing the executive committee meeting at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Monday.
The Internet was abuzz a couple of days ago with news that FIFA had revoked their offer to FAM to host the 67th FIFA Congress next year.
Some claimed that FIFA had revoked to host job from FAM after the national body failed to provide a guarantee that visas would be issued to all delegates to the Congress.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin confirmed that they had written to FIFA on July 25 to inform the world body of their intention to withdraw as hosts and FIFA replied on Aug 9.
The FIFA Executive Committee announced in December 2013 that Malaysia had been chosen to host the 2017 Congress, which would be chaired by new FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
The FAM began work to plan for the big event early this year, including advertising for event management companies to submit proposals to organise the historic event.
The Congress is supposed to announce the bidding process for the hosting of the 2026 World Cup.