FAM considering stern action against players involved in Youth Cup brawl

PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are not ruling out stern action to be taken against the players and the clubs involved in the brawl during the 2024 Youth Cup match between Melaka and Sri Pahang in Melaka on Sunday.

FAM secretary-general Datuk Noor Azman Rahman said they had received a complete report on the incident at the Hang Tuah Stadium and will consider an appropriate form of punishment.

The FAM are of the view that a decisive action needs to be taken in order to put an end to violence in football.

“FAM take such matters seriously. The report will be brought to the FAM disciplinary committee meeting to determine the punishment that will be imposed,” he said.

“I hope strict action will be taken, considering that such an incident should not occur at the Youth Cup level.

“The Youth Cup should at least be a platform to produce disciplined and well-mannered players.”

In March, FAM had issued a warning that it would take strict action against any parties involved in brawls during this season’s President’s Cup (Under-20) and Youth Cup (Under-18) tournaments.

The issue of violence has once again tarnished the image of local football after a video clip of a brawl between Melaka and Sri Pahang players on Sunday went viral on social media.

The 44-second clip of the match showed players from both teams pushing and shoving one another as team officials tried to defuse the tense situation.

However, one of the players could be seen acting aggressively by kicking the back of an opponent.

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