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FA of Malaysia tried to clear the air by justifying the action taken against Kelantan coach B.Satianathan ahead of the Malaysia Cup final between Kelantan and Negri Sembilan on Saturday. Read it here, here and here.

Its secretary general Datuk Azzudin Ahmad (pic) spoke on the matter at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

"The disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Taufik (Razak) decided to hold a meeting on Oct 21 at 10am. Satianathan and (T-Team coach)Che Ku Marzuki (Che Ku Mohd Noor) case appeared and the committee decided to hand them a six months suspension and fines of RM2,000 each. This was based on the written explanation by both coaches.
Unlike Reduan’s (Abdullah) case, he didn’t write an explanation thus he faced the disciplinary board. The board felt that the contents of the letter written by Satianathan and Che Ku Marzuki were sufficient.
The board felt both coaches spoke against FAM policy matters...something all coaches and players should understand.
Once a decision is made, an individual has the right to appeal within 14 days from the day the sentence was meted out and if the appeal adhered to the stipulated regulations, it will be forwarded to the Appeal's Committee chairman.
Why the Media was not informed (of this decision)? The Exco has endorsed that member states should be notified of decisions made by the disciplinary board before going to the Media.
FAM is willing to make an exception for Kelantan to play (in the final) as there are assistant coaches (even not being A-licensed). Note: This was said prior reading Satianathan’s appeal later in the evening.
On the issue of accreditation cards to Media personnel, I would like to deny that FAM apply selective prosecution when issuing such passes. We realise we must be close to the Media. I have checked with our Media department and no application has been rejected.
As for Khairul Anuar Baharom (head butting T-Team’s Haris Safwan), the board is in the midst of getting information including tv footages. I saw it myself and it was very clear.
This is not Azzudin’s committee. Azzudin is just your obedient servant. I don’t decide on anything as I have no authority to do so.”

HD says
: You be the judge.


  1. President receives Malaysian honour
    ( Tuesday 26 October 2010
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    FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has been awarded the honorary Order of the Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP) by Sultan Ahmad Shah, the current Sultan of the state of Pahang in Malaysia.

    The SSAP, which carries the title Dato’ Sri, has been conferred on Mr Blatter in conjuction with the ruler’s 80th birthday. Sultan Ahmad was born in 1930 at Mangga Tunggal Palace in Pekan Pahang. His official and royal consort, Tengku Ampuan Afzan binti Tengku Panglima Perang Muhammad, is a member of the Terengganu royal family and he succeeded his late father in 1974.

    In a letter addressed to the FIFA President, Dato’ Sri Haji Adnan Bin Haji Yaakob wrote: “On behalf of the Government of the State of Pahang Darul Makmur, I would like to congratulate you on this conferment and I hope you will continue to render excellent service to the Ruler and the State of Pahang Darul Makmur.”

    Responding to the honour, Blatter wrote: “It is with honour and pride that I accept the Order of the Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang in conjuction with the 80th birthday of His Royal Highness The Sultan of Pahang. It is with high respect that I accept this award."


  3. From AFC Website

    Kuala Lumpur: The most prestigious award of Asian football – the AFC Diamond of Asia – will be conferred on Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak this year.

    The AFC Annual Awards function will be held at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa on November 24, 2010, here in the Malaysian capital.

    This prestigious AFC award is bestowed upon an individual for exemplary contribution towards the development and promotion of football, on and off the field within the Asian continent. This honour is a way for AFC to acknowledge the recipient's sterling services.

    The AFC Executive Committee decided to honour Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak for his continuous support to AFC in his capacity first as the Deputy Prime Minister and later after taking over the highest office in Malaysia on April 3, 2009.

    “We (the AFC Executive Committee) felt that Asian football benefited in a great way with the help and support of Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak,” AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam said.

    “Malaysia is the home of AFC since 1965 and he was instrumental in granting AFC a special status in this country.

    “His contribution to develop the game in the continent and his determination to take Asian football to greater heights should be recognised by all the stakeholders of the game.”

    The recipient of this accolade enjoys a distinguished position within AFC and ranks only after the AFC Executive Committee in terms of importance within AFC's protocol and hierarchy.


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UPDATE (March 25, 3.15pm): Tunku Ismail Ibrahim resigns as FA of Malaysia president.
UPDATE (March 17, 9.52am): As of late last night, it's status quo at Wisma FAM.
Tunku Ismail Ibrahim remains as president as "no resignation letter was submitted".
Insiders say Tunku Ismail was "very disturbed and feels unappreciated following critical comments, especially on social media, about the national team's FIFA ranking despite the many other achievements (as listed in the original post below) throughout his close to one year stint in office".
UPDATE (March 16, 8.25am): FA of Malaysia general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin said: 
"Sudah tentu jika kita membiarkan Tunku Ismail meletak jawatan, kita juga akan kehilangan penaja dan saya sendiri tidak dapat membayangkan siapa yang layak untuk menggantikan tempat baginda sebagai Presiden FAM."
Read his full statement here.


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