Wednesday, April 02, 2014

FAM Fine JDT RM30,000 For Larkin Stadium Incident

PETALING JAYA, April 1 (Bernama) -- Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) was once again let off with a slap on the wrist when the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) 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 led to a incident in the tunnel during half-time.

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.

T-Team who were trailing JDT 1-2 at half-time, refused to continue the match citing security reasons while the FAM later awarded the match to JDT.

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

"JDT can appeal three days after receiving the letter of the penalty because the minimum fine is RM20,000 and the maximum fine RM100,000," he told reporters after emerging from a 11-hour Disciplinary Committee meeting at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, Tuesday.

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

"I was informed that the police have completed their investigation and the office of the Inspector General of Police had submitted a report to the Attorney General's office.

"If the case is not pursued by the AG's office, we have the right to continue the investigation and take action if necessary. The case will not be considered closed and the disciplinary committee will have two years to act," he said.

-- BERNAMA

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