SPORTS Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has defended his criticism of the Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) handling of the FA Cup semi-final second leg debacle.Khairy said that his comment was made with good intention and based on what the fans want.
"I was being honest when I made that comment about FAM. If they decide to accept it then it is okay... but if they don't then never mind. I do not wish to comment further as I do not want to prolong this matter," said Khairy after opening the Haj course for the Rembau constituency at Dewan Besar Annur, Sekolah Menengah Agama Dato Haji Abu Hassan Haji Sail, yesterday.
Khairy said that as sports minister all comments made by him on sporting events was done not in his personal capacity but done after taking into account the reports and feedback he received.
"If that opinion is not acceptable then what else can be done," he said.
Khairy had criticised FAM's decision to move the match, which was called off due to crowd trouble at Darulmakmur Stadium (in Kuantan) last Tuesday, to the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, and claimed it was unfair as it was still hosted by the Pahang FA (PFA).
The match between Pahang and Johor's Darul Takzim could not be held on Tuesday after spectators spilled onto the tracks.
This had led to the PFA being fined RM100,000 by FAM and the match being rescheduled to a "neutral venue".
But the match was rescheduled for the National Stadium which led to Khairy's criticism of FAM's handling of the affair.