FAM to take serious action against guilty parties in Larkin Stadium fracas

FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin has insisted there will be no tolerance towards anyone that is found guilty following the Larkin Stadium altercation

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general has insisted that a high-ranking official of Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) will be punished according to the disciplinary code if he is found guilty of assaulting a T-Team player during their FA Cup second round match last Saturday.

According to The Star, FAM clarified that the individual could face a lengthy 12-month ban and a RM8,000 fine for the alleged assault which took place during the half time break at Larkin Stadium recently.

Recent reports suggested that the JDT official punched T-Team striker Evaldo Goncalves in the face and kicked fitness coach Stefano Impagliazzo in the groin while both teams were walking back to their changing room.

As a result, T-Team refused to turn up for the second half and immediately left the stadium. JDT were leading the visitors 2-1 before the break and the match commissioner had no choice but to postpone the match until further notice.

Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, FAM’s secretary-general said that actions would be taken once the official report is submitted.

“The Competitions Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide on the outcome of the match and we will refer the case to the Disciplinary Committee for action if there were any breach of discipline. We will not compromise if there is misconduct,” he said.

Last year, JDT abandoned an FA Cup match against Pahang when fans entered Darul Makmur stadium illegally and the match was later played at a neutral venue.