FAM rubbish Elephants’ claim they did not help in Sumareh case

In a tangled web: Mohamadou Sumareh (centre) has joined Thai Premier League club Police Tero.

PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have hit back at Pahang for claiming that the national body have not helped them to solve the case involving their Malaysian international Mohamadou Sumareh’s abrupt move to join Thai Premier League club Police Tero.

The FAM said their claim was irresponsible and baseless because, since the start of the case, the national body have explained the process clearly, the rules and regulations behind it and even helped Pahang give a statement to FIFA to solve the case.

FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam even listed a chronology of the events in the association’s website on Tuesday.

“FAM have no vested interests in Sumareh’s case but just followed the correct process, ” said Stuart.

“It is not that we are not showing any interest in handling Pahang’s complaint, but as stated, FAM have to respect FIFA’s legislative process and will judge the case based on the requirements set by FIFA.

“FAM are always serious and take quick action when there are matters related to the affiliates. However, FAM as the national body should not side anyone before the case is heard, and results are out.

“We would like to stress that Pahang should not blame anyone. Instead, they should handle themselves more responsibly to avoid a Clause 8.7 case, just like the Sumareh issue.”

The 25-year old Sumareh has invoked Clause 8.7 which provides for termination of the contract for non-payment of salary to part ways with Pahang.

However, Pahang are unhappy with the unilateral decision from Sumareh and have objected to the issuance of the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) by FIFA. They are also considering legal action against Sumareh.

Sumareh joined Pahang as an import in 2017 and helped the Elephants win the FA Cup in 2018 and becoming a fan favourite at the Darul Makmur Stadium.

He became a naturalised Malaysian in 2018 and has earned 19 caps playing for the national team.

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