Tuesday, April 3, 2012

FAM seeks police help

New Straits Times Online

THE FA of Malaysia (FAM) has sought the assistance of the police to provide security at tomorrow's disciplinary board hearing of its deputy president Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

   Kelantan fans are expected to turn up in the hundreds at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya to lend support to Annuar and the national body fears the gathering could lead to untoward incidents.

   Annuar, the Kelantan FA (Kafa) president, could face suspension if the board finds him guilty for criticising the national team's poor form and coach K. Rajagobal.

   "We have asked the police to keep things under control on Wednesday (tomorrow)," said FAM general secretary Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad yesterday.

   "Kelantan fans will supposedly gather here and we hope everyone will act responsibly. We need police assistance to ensure the safety of everyone."

    On March 13, Annuar  breached Article 88 of FAM's statutes when he criticised the national team.  The former sports minister, however, has refused to admit his guilt and thus wants to defend himself before the board tomorrow.

    The Kelantan fans' tremendous support for Annuar has been unwavering as they feel he has been unfairly treated by FAM.

    In last weekend's Super League match in Kota Baru, fans, inside and outside the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium paraded banners criticising FAM. It was an act which could land Kafa in trouble.

   One of the banners read: 'FAM president, do not influence the disciplinary committee's decision,' while another stated: 'Sultan Ahmad Shah should resign.'

    But Azzuddin clarified: "We cannot act unless the team had instigated their fans to do it and we have nothing that says Kafa had done that."

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