Thursday, November 14, 2013

FAM To Meet Khairy Soon - Hamidin

PETALING JAYA, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- The spad between the Youth and Sports Minister and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is expected to be over soon.

"We are making arrangements to meet the minister soon," said FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin.

The row between Khairy Jamaluddin (Youth and Sports Minister) and the FAM was triggered when the minister hit out at the football association's poor handling of ticket sales and security at the 2013 Malaysia Cup final between Pahang and Kelantan at the Shah Alam Stadium on Nov 3.

Khairy was also reported to be disappointed with the finding of an automatic Browning pistol in the stadium toilet.

"I have contacted the minister and I think the minister has also sent a letter to the FAM. Apart from the issue, there are several other matters on the development of football which we wish to discuss," Hamidin said.

He was met by reporters after attending the launch of the Third Season of 'Finding Ramli' organised by Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, here, Wednesday.

Hamidin said he was confident the issue could be resolved by both parties.

"Maybe some of the matters reported in media were wrongly interpreted by parties involved or parties following the issues," he said.

Nonetheless, Hamidin concurred with Khairy that the FAM needed to initiate changes.

"For me, FAM itself cannot run away from the fact that football is the number one sports among fans, media and national leaders. So we need to accept constructive criticism and views and use them as a guide," he said.

-- BERNAMA

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