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Friday February 27, 2009

Coach Reduan banned a year for speaking out

PETALING JAYA: Felda United FC coach Reduan Abdullah has been slapped with a one-year ban and fined RM4,000 for commenting on policy matters of the FA of Malaysia (FAM).

The former international was the second coach to pay the price for speaking his mind on Malaysian football. Early this month, national coach B. Sathianathan was given the boot by the FAM executive committee for his infamous outburst “M-League is not football”.

Reduan Abdullah

Reduan’s comments was published in a Malay daily last week and he was hauled up to face the FAM disciplinary board at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday.

The board chairman, Kamaruddin Abdullah, said: “He (Reduan) got his facts wrong. And in the first place, he is not allowed to talk to the press on policy matters without the consent of the FAM. There are proper channels to voice out such matters to the FAM.”

Reduan said it was a sad day for him as it was the first time that disciplinary action was taken against him.

“I have never been hauled by the disciplinary board even as a player. I did not mean any harm in what I said and was for the good of Malaysian football,” said the former international, who made his debut in the national team in 1973.

Reduan had commented that the FAM had failed to monitor on the fitness test for teams in the M-League and that by doing so the unfit players were also issued licence to play. He also said that there were no guidelines or benchmark for the grading of the players for their fitness.

The FAM general secretary, Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad, said that the coaching department had conducted a clinic to brief coaches on the fitness tests for the 2007-08 season and Reduan was one of the participants of the clinic.

“We have documented evidence on having briefed the coaches on the tests and Reduan was there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Perlis coach Irfan Bakti was fined RM7,000 and handed a four-match ban for kicking a microphone during the Super League match against Penang in Kangar on Jan 10.

The Police FA were handed a RM10,000 fine for their fans’ unruly behaviour, who threw objects onto the pitch in a Malaysia Cup match against Selangor last year. Their assistant coach Roslan Ismail was fined RM3,000 for spitting at the referee. Their trainer, Annuar Udin, was fined RM1,000 and slapped a two-match suspension for violent conduct and trying to charge at the referee.

Another official, Gifar Wari, was fined RM3,000 and suspended indefinitely from all FAM activities until he appears before the disciplinary board.