Why does the FA of Malaysia (FAM) constantly allow itself to be criticised by fans and observers alike?
The steps taken and the decisions made by the national body are rather mind boggling most of the time. True they have taken the liberty on many occasions to correct members of the Press claiming the latter are often ‘confused’ and fail to grasp the mechanics and regulations placed within the national body.
Yet, there is a saying among those who have read law; "Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done” (R v Sussex Justices, Ex parte McCarthy )
Sadly, justice was not seen in the sentencing of four Armed Forces players namely Shukor Adan, G.Jeevanthan, R.Surendran and Fitri Omar who were suspended for several matches. Skipper Hairuddin Omar, meanwhile, was let off with a stern warning.
Members of the Press were confused indeed.
Confused to why no Selangor players were hauled up. Checks with the Selangor camp revealed that none of their players nor coach Irfan Bakti was called up prior the sentencing by the Disciplinary Board. This was confirmed in Sports247’s report as seen here.
Confused to why Armed Forces coach B.Satianathan received a letter to appear before the DB for the same incident after the sentencing?
“I got a letter but I have not read it yet as I just finished my training session. I was told that I am supposed to head to Wisma FAM on March 27,” said Satianathan.
March 27 is just two days before ATM’s clash against Kelantan and the last thing Satianathan would want is to be bogged down by such issues. He is already suffering from a major headache with the suspension of his players and several others who are floored with injuries.
That aside, what about the Selangor players? Aren’t they supposed to be sentenced at the same time (if there were found guilty)? Then again, how would one know if they are guilty if they were not hauled up in the first place?
Shouldn’t investigations revolve around all parties involved – ATM and Selangor – before any penalty is imposed?
There are just too many questions. FAM is lucky players in the country have yet to fully understand the meaning of professionalism or they would have turned up with their army of agents and lawyers instead. Try pulling such a stunt on Lionel Messi.
Help us FAM. Help us understand what exactly are your intentions in order for us, members of the Press, explain your decisions to the masses.
We are ever willing to listen and if there are such regulations in place, who are we to argue for a bad law is still law isn’t it?
Also, who are we to criticise if the decision makers, who sit comfortably in the many committees and are able to rectify or amend such laws including the infamous Article 88, decide to keep quiet instead?
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