Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No Need For T-Team, JDT Players, Officials To Swear On The Al-Quran - Zulkarnain

NUSAJAYA, Feb 10 (Bernama) -- Players from Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) need not swear on the Al-Quran to prove their innocence over the alleged Larkin Stadium incident early this month, Johor state Youth, Sports, Heritage and Culture committee chairman Datuk Zulkurnain Kamisan said.

Instead the team would leave it to the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation without fear or favour.

"The alleged incident between T-Team and JDT at the Larkin Stadium tunnel during half time need to be investigated and a decision made without bias," he told reporters here today when commenting on Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said's call for T-Team and JDT players to swear on the Al-Quran to prove their innocence over the alleged incident.

Zulkurnain had earlier given out incentives to Johor athletes who represented the country in the Myanmar SEA Games and Myanmar Para Games last year.

During the presentation, 60 Johor athletes and officials received incentives worth RM138,700.

Zulkurnain said the Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) decision to award the abandoned match between T-Team and JDT to the latter, was the right decision.

However, Ahmad Said who was disappointed with the decision had urged the players and team officials to prove their innocence by swearing on the Al-Quran, in his presence.

The FA Cup match between T-Team and JDT was abandoned after half time when T-Team players who allegedly feared for their safety, refused to resume the match after half time, forcing the match to be abandoned.

The FAM later awarded the match to JDT.

During the alleged incident, which took place during a FA Cup tie between JDT and T-Team at the Larkin Stadium, T-Team refused to return to the pitch after half time as they claimed that their coach and players were assaulted by a JDT official while heading to the dressing room.

Both teams had subsequently lodged police reports while Terengganu police reportedly recorded statements from 17 officials and players from T-Team, including the controversial statement from Johor-born Irfan Ghani, who has been missing from T-Team training after claiming that the alleged incident did not take place.

-- BERNAMA

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