Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shahidan Dares FAM To Sack Him As PFA President

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) -- Former Perlis Football Association (PFA) President Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has challenged the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to sack him as PFA President if the FAM intended to take action against him for allegedly criticizing the national body.

"No need to suspend, just sack me, on condition that the PFA does not bother me anymore (asking money to pay salary of players). I do not want to have anything with the association," Shahidan who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department told reporters after a briefing with members of the Dewan Rakyat in Parliament, here, Tuesday.

Shahidan was asked to comment on the FAM secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad's statement that he would leave it to the FAM Disciplinary Committee to decide whether there was a case against Shahidan who has continued to blast the FAM despite being slapped with a 30-month suspension earlier.

Defending his decision to criticise the FAM, Shahidan expressed regret that the National body had decided to penalise him although others had also criticised the FAM.

"Kelantan FA advisor Tan Sri Annuar Musa issues statements on the FAM regularly but they have not acted. Datuk K. Rajagobal was also not punished. Do they think they can punish me as they wished," asked Shahidan.

Last Saturday, the former Perlis Menteri Besar was angry with the FAM for suspending him but not showing any concern towards the cash-strapped PFA.

Shahidan said although he was suspended and not supposed to be involved in football activities at state or national level, he continues to pay the salary of the players because the PFA does not have any money.

"I do not know what kind of leadership FAM has. Instead of thanking me for continuing to pay the salary of players, they want to take action. They are only good for talking but do not know what is happening to their own 'child' (PFA).

"They have not studied the situation or what their affiliate is undergoing. The PFA comes to me asking for money because they claim that the FAM was not helping them. Why should I pay when I am suspended and the rules say I should not be involved.

"The FAM must realise that I am a Barisan Nasional (BN) leader who always fulfilled promises. What are they (FAM)? Robbers?," he asked.

Shahidan who was slapped with a 30-month suspension (until Sept 2015) and fined RM39,000, lost his position as the PFA President, FAM Women's Football Committee member and FAM Finance Committee member.

Meanwhile, newly appointed Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man today rejected PFA's invitation to lead the cash-strapped association.

"I am not the right person because I do not have any knowledge about football. PFA should be run by someone with vast experience and knowledge," he said.

Asked if the state government was willing to rescue the PFA, Azlan said the state government does not have a big allocation to channel funds to the association but they (PFA) can appeal to the Federal government.

He also urged the PFA to start sourcing for funds through various ways to overcome the cost of running the team and association.

The salary of players and officials is said to be in the region of RM220,000 a month.


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