Tengku Abdul Rahman: Football events should be postponed to next year

PETALING JAYA: Pahang Football Association president Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah has suggested that all football activities be postponed to next year to ease the anxiety faced by those in the industry.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, he said those involved in national football, should accept the fact and reality that the nation and people’s interest comes first.

The FA of Malaysia (FAM) and Malaysian Football League (MFL) have suspended the league due to the movement control order (MCO) imposed to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

The FAM and MFL will wait for instructions and guidelines from the National Security Council and the Health Ministry before deciding on when to resume the league.

Tengku Abdul Rahman said the postponement of the leagues, including the Super and Premier Leagues, is the best way to alleviate fears and worries of affiliates and those involved in the football industry.

“Personally, I would miss the stadium atmosphere which is amplified by the chants from fans and drum beats until the end of the final whistle by the referee,” said Tengku Abdul Rahman.

“God willing, we will come back with a new spirit and conviction to strengthen and make the game festive in the country. Together, let us increase our patience and pray to Allah so that we will be given strength and protection by him to go through this unprecedented Covid-19 situation.

“I have been following the discussions and debates keenly on the status of the leagues and Cup competitions. I believe the opinions shared are done out of concern and togetherness, to ensure the associations make the best decisions for the people and the game.”

Tengku Abdul Rahman said no one can predict when the pandemic would end.

He also added that the government and the Health Ministry have told the public not to conduct any gatherings for six months after the MCO ends.

“Even the Olympics has been postponed, and there is no assurance that it could happen next year.

“Thus, taking into account everything, I hope the authorities in charge of football can make a quick decision on the footballing calendar.”

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