Friday, February 07, 2014

FAM Award Abandoned FA Cup Match To JDT

PETALING JAYA, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has decided to award the abandoned FA Cup match between Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) and T-Team to the former as T-Team had failed to resume the second half.

With FAM's decision to award a 3-0 victory to JDT, the Johor side which was embroiled in a conflict with T-Team during their FA Cup match which was abandoned at half time after T-Team refused to continue the second half at the Larkin Stadium, apparently for fear of their safety, advance to the quarterfinals.

FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin who made the announcement after the FAM Local Competitions Committee meeting at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, here today said the match was awarded to JDT because T-Team had failed to resume the second half.

He said the decision to not resume the second half was made by T-Team and not the match officials who were in charge.

During the match played at the Larkin Stadium, T-Team refused to resume the match after half time, claiming the safety of the players was at stake, since a high ranking JDT official had allegedly assaulted a player and the fitness coach from T-Team while heading to the dressing room.

Hamidin said officials from both teams and the match officials were called up to give their statements before a decision was made.

Meanwhile, FAM Local Competitions Committee chairman Datuk Affandi Hamzah who is also a FAM vice president said the match officials had confirmed that the match could have been played but it was T-Team who refused to play.

"According to the competition rules, only the match official has the jurisdiction to stop or abandon a match, not the teams," he said.

In this case, the referee did not make the decision to stop the match.

As for the alleged incident at the Larkin Stadium, Affandi said the issue would be handled by the FAM secretariat and an investigation carried out since both teams had lodged police reports.

Hamidin on the other hand assured that investigations would be carried out and nobody would be spared from the rules.

"We will not compromise if anyone was found guilty, even if it involves the president of an association," he said.

-- BERNAMA

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