Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FAM denies dragging its feet

THE FA of Malaysia (FAM) has denied it is taking too long to complete its investigations into three incidents involving Super League outfit Darul Ta'zim.

   FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the reason for the delay is because  the national body's competition committee is  still compiling evidence and screening reports from several parties.

 "We are not only investigating the half-time tunnel fracas at Larkin Stadium on Feb 1 but also two other incidents involving Darul Ta'zim," said Hamidin after the National Futsal League's team managers' meeting at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday.

   "We are looking at every aspect and screening reports of concerned parties. Everyone must be patient as we are trying to establish whether there are merits to issue charge sheets.

   "It involves several parties and we need to be careful with our actions. If there are grounds, those concerned will face disciplinary action. We will not compromise on this matter."

   The other cases are the fracas outside Darulmakmur Stadium after  last week's league match between Pahang and Darul Ta'zim involving fans, and a complaint from Perak who claimed their team manager's car was damaged outside Larkin Stadium on Jan 18.

   "All three incidents may involve Johor FA (JFA) and Darul Ta'zim but it does not mean they have broken rules. We have not established anything and I do not want to speculate.

   "Except for the alleged tunnel fracas, the other incidents happened outside the stadium. However, we can still take action in accordance to league regulations," said Hamidin.

   FAM is also making efforts to stop  hooliganism following a spate of recent incidents  in the league.
   Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin voiced  his concern about it with Hamidin yesterday and wants the national body to take action.

   Fans of several teams have formed unofficial groups and are causing security concerns during  matches. They are clad in black and normally cover their faces with hoods to avoid identification.
"Everyone including fans, stadium authorities, and state affiliates must work together to stop the spread of hooliganism. We will tighten security in high-profile matches and also work closely with the police to stop troublemakers from entering stadiums.

   "It involves supporters of a few teams. Some teams have also banned these groups from entering their stadiums. Fans must  stop inciting hatred and provoking others on social media.

   "We are trying to come out with other methods to tighten security inside and outside stadiums  as recent incidents occurred after the final whistle," Hamidin added.

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