More bad blood


PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Selangor’s (FAS) internal strive has taken a turn for the worse.

On Friday, the Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah called for a revamp after learning about the in-fighting in the association.

Tengku Amir also called for the warring factions to step down if they cannot resolve their conflict.

The two parties – FAS president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and the FAS executive committee (Exco) – issued separate press releases yesterday.

Azmin, who is the Selangor Mentri Besar, agreed with Tengku Amir’s suggestion that the Selangor football team should be financially self-sufficient.

“I am on the same page with Tengku Amir on this issue – that football is about sports, team building and striving to succeed for the fans, for the state and even for the nation – it’s not about politics,” said Azmin.

“I have made it clear to the deputy president (Datuk Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad) and the Exco that the association must be professionally run by those who are competent and committed to see Selangor succeed in football. As for funding of the team, I want the association to earn a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.”

The FAS Exco also agreed to the call from Tengku Amri to change outdated FAS statutes. The Exco said they are capable of running the team based on their past record in the M-League.

They pointed out that Selangor have always finished the Super League in the top three from 2008 to 2015. They have also won the FA Cup (2009), Malaysia Cup (2015), President’s Cup (2008), Youth Cup (2013) and the Charity Shield (2009 and 2010).

“Our record in the M-League proves that FAS had no administrative issues and we only have problem with funding for 2017 season.

“We have reduced the team budget from RM23mil to RM15mil and hope that the state government will put up half of the budget,” according to the release from the Exco.

“For the 2018 season, FAS will look for funds without the involvement of the state government.”

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