Korea club Pohang lodge complaint against Malaysia’s Lim

Following his decision to abandon an age-group friendly match, National Football Development Programme supremo Lim Teong Kim is facing an internal inquiry after Football Association of Malaysia received a complaint from Korean club Pohang Steelers. 

National Football Development Programme (NFDP) project director Lim Teong Kim will need to explain himself after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) received a complaint of his conduct during a recent tour in Korea.

Pohang Steelers, a club the Malaysian under-14 faced during the tour, alleged Lim refused to proceed with the match after the first half on September 29.

FourFourTwo understands the Malaysians were down 4-0 and Lim instructed his team to stage a walkout, claiming Pohang Steelers had fielded overage players.

In a letter to FAM, Pohang Steelers accused the former Bayern Munich youth coach of acting rude.

"We have had hundreds of friendly matches with international teams. We cannot understand at all how a chief director who is leading the national youth development program acts in an unmannered behaviour,” the letter read.

"On the contrary, your young players  apologised and said sorry to us. We are not talking about financial loss, but we would like to talk about education and manners," read the letter to FAM.

Pohang Steelers also claimed they had informed Lim that they only had three 15-year-olds in their line-up and even offered to show the players' identification card.

FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin confirmed receiving the letter and said they had sought an explanation from NFDP.

"We received a complaint from Korea and have forwarded it to NFDP for them to seek an explanation from Lim," said Hamidin at the national team training session in Wisma FAM on Tuesday.

NFDP lead director Safirul Abu Bakar said the development programme will conduct an internal investigation before commenting further.

"We need to get Lim's side of the story. He's in Germany but we'll contact him and conduct an internal investigation before responding to FAM," he said.

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