MFL get a double whammy from security council

PETALING JAYA: It’s one of those challenging days but Malaysian Football League (MFL) chief executive officer Stuart Ramalingam is taking it all in his stride.

Firstly, MFL’s request to increase the number of fans and food allowed inside the venue for the ongoing Malaysia Cup matches have been shot down by the National Security Council (MKN).

Then, came MKN’s RM10,000 fine.

Stuart confirmed that there have been a breach in the standard operating procedure during the first leg semi-final match between Terengganu and Johor Darul Ta’zim at the Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin on Monday.

The hosts have been found guilty as some of the fans in the stands did not adhere to social distancing rules and some of them did not wear masks.

“Both MFL and Terengganu have been served with a compound of RM10,000 each for the violations,” said Stuart.

Stuart hoped the fans would adhere to the SOP as he feared that the MKN may revoke the permit to have spectators in the stadium ahead of the Malaysia Cup final on Nov 30.

“I regret the incident that had happened in Terengganu. I hope our fans will follow the SOP in future games,” he said.

Meanwhile, Stuart also confirmed that two matches have been red-flagged over possible match-fixing and they are currently being investigated by Football Association of Malaysia integrity committee.

“Our data partner Genius Sport have alerted us on irregular online betting pattern, involving two matches. It’s a standard monitoring process. It may or may not have the element of match-fixing but it’s good to monitor,” added Stuart.

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