ALOR SETAR, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- The controversy surrounding the Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) decision to suspend National midfielder Gary Steven Robbat shows that the National body requires a holistic transformation.
Kedah Football Association (KFA) honorary secretary, Aminuddin Omar said the holistic transformation must focus on aspects like the rules and regulations set by the FAM itself.
"The transformation must focus on an in-depth study of the rules and regulations set by the FAM," Aminuddin who is also the state Youth and Sports, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Non Governmental Associations committee chairman told BERNAMA, Monday.
He said in the case of Gary who was suspended for three months and fined RM50,000 for signing before his contract expired with the National team (Harimau Muda), KFA were merely following the terms set by the FAM regarding National players who served the Harimau Muda squad.
As per FAM's requirement, a player whose contract ends with the Harimau Muda must return to his state but the FAM has decided that Gary belonged to Harimau Muda C and not Kedah.
He said regulations involving players who represent the national team must be standardized to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.
"Don't just enforce the regulations on certain teams and allow other teams to get away. That is discrimination," he said.
Meanwhile in a related development, the Johor Football Association (PBNJ) has pledged to take care of suspended Gary's welfare throughout his three-month suspension period.
PBNJ President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said in Johor Baharu, he would ensure Gary's welfare was taken care of because he was always concerned with the welfare of the players and the team.
"Yes, we will look after Gary's welfare and I as the President will look after my players," he told reporters, when commenting on the National midfielders three-month suspension and RM50,000 fine imposed by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
Tunku Ismail reiterated that he had never accepted FAM's decision on Gary and the RM100,000 fine imposed on PBNJ for signing the player who still had a contract with Harimau Muda, according to reports.
"Everyone knows that the fine by the FAM is biased and involved a big amount. Why was Pahang not punished for signing Gary before his contract expired? he asked.
Tunku Ismail said in this modern era of football, an association cannot restrict or force a player to play for their team but rather allow the player to make his choice.
Meanwhile, the JDT team would start a state-wide tour to introduce the players to fans and also to allow the players meet the fans as an appreciation for their support to the team.