Friday, April 04, 2014

FAM Can Immediately Start Investigations On 'Tunnel Fiasco' - Khairy

PETALING JAYA, April 3 (Bernama) -- The Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) Disciplinary Committee can immediately investigate the Larkin Stadium 'tunnel fiasco' without having to wait for the police, to resolve the case said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"Based on the account of witnesses and since there is no recording (video) of the incident, the case might not be referred to the court.

"I also believe the FAM will not receive any specific details from the police investigation," he said when commenting on FAM's decision to delay the investigation of individual or individuals involved in the incident, until police investigate the case.

He said the police must find concrete evidence to refer the matter to court.

The FAM had let off Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) with a tap on the wrist when the governing body for football in the country, imposed only a RM30,000 fine for failing to provide adequate security at the Larkin Stadium during their FA Cup second-round match against T-Team on Feb 1, which allegedly led to an incident in the tunnel during half-time while JDT were leading 2-1.

The FAM disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Taufek Abdul Razak had said Johor FA secretary Fahmy Yahya, who represented JDT at the disciplinary committee meeting, admitted there was a security lapse.

JDT's failure to provide adequate security was believed to have resulted in the tunnel incident where T-Team striker Evaldo Goncalves, defender Fabio Flor de Azevado and fitness coach Stefano Impagliazzo were allegedly assaulted by a high ranking Johor FA official.

Asked about the outcome of the alleged involvement of a high ranking Johor official who had assaulted T-Team players in the tunnel, Taufek had said the matter had been referred to the police because it was a high profile case.

During the alleged incident, T-Team refused to come out after half-time citing "security reasons", resulting in the FAM competitions committee later penalising T-Team for breaching competition rules and awarding the match to JDT with a 3-0 score.

The FAM's decision had also irked Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said who said the FAM's decision to punish the Johor FA and not any individual or individuals involved in the alleged Larkin Stadium 'tunnel assault' was not acceptable.

Ahmad chided the FAM Disciplinary Committee for failing in their duties because no charges were brought up against any individual or individuals who were involved in the alleged incident.


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