> B. SATHIANATHAN
THE message is now very clear. Don’t shirk national duties. This is a precedent set and teams and clubs should take heed from now on that the FAM mean business when it comes to national development programmes, especially national call-ups. As for me, the FAM have spelled it our clearly – they should be there for national duty.
> ABDUL RAHMAN IBRAHIM
(Former national and Perlis coach)
THE whole thing sounds ridiculous. What were the FAM technical staff doing in the first place? They should have known better and advise the organisers that it was the wrong time to host the Ian Rush clinic as teams were busy preparing for the FA Cup ties. It (the DB’s decision) is ethically and professionally wrong.
> K. DEVAN
(Kuala Muda Naza coach)
IT is funny. The four players were wrong to walk out of the national camp but it is the Selangor team who were punished by having three points deducted from the Super League. Since the offence was at the national level, it would have been only appropriate to punish them from the national team.
> K. THAIYANATHAN
IT is not right for players to take things into their own hands. The punishment meted out is fair except for the three points deducted from the Super League. The guilty parties are the four individuals and the coach.
> STEVE DARBY
It is a sad situation. Nobody wins here. Instead, the entire football family is at a loss. With quality planning and more communication, the problem could have been solved before it became a major issue.
> MOHD AZRAAI KHOR
I feel very sorry for Dollah (Salleh). As a coach I can understand how he must be feeling and is confident that whatever he did, it was done in the best interest of the team. More so when Selangor were in the position to seriously challenge for the Super League crown.
> MAT ZAN MAT ARIS
(KL Plus chief coach)
While the penalty imposed on Dollah (Salleh) and Selangor is a bit too stiff, I disagree with the docking of points. It is only a training camp that we are talking about here and not even an international match. The offence committed had nothing to do with the League. It is unfair to dock points.
> DATUK M. KUPPAN
(Former national coach)
I sympathise with Dollah (Salleh). As a coach it is understandable that he wants his best players available on the eve of an important match. FAM, perhaps, should have been more sympathetic since this is only a national training camp and not an international match. But to dock points from a team, I think it is not fair. Perhaps, a fine would have been enough.
> MOEY YOK HAM
I personally feel FAM picked the wrong time to organise such a clinic. It was good to have Ian Rush here to help players improve on the finer details of the game, but to hold it in the midst of a competition is just bad timing. It disrupts teams’ preparation. For that I sympathise with Selangor and Dollah Salleh. Frankly a hefty fine would already be considered too harsh. They should not have docked points from Selangor.