Selangor involved in internal bust-up yet again

A bust-up with teammate Ugo Ukah left Bunyamin Umar with an opened forehead in Kuching and leads to questions regarding the Selangor’s dressing room morale.

Selangor’s trouble-ridden 2016 season took another turn on Wednesday after defenders Ugo Ukah and Bunyamin Umar clashed with each other in the Red Giants’ Malaysia Super League 1-1 draw to Sarawak in Kuching.

With the 2015 Malaysia Cup winners facing all sorts of problems this year, and the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) also having serious issues at their hand to discuss following the sudden resignations of general-secretary Rosman Ibrahim and treasurer Datuk S. Sivasundram, a squad in turmoil is the last thing needed.

On Wednesday, a misunderstanding in defence saw the two defenders confront each other and led to Ukah head-butting Bunyamin towards the end of the match.

The duo had to be separated by teammates and Ukah was shown red for his conduct.

The players have since apologised to each other and Ukah even posted an apology on social media, saying: “On behalf of Bun and myself, we want to apologise to our coaches, teammates, management and fans for the incident in the game.

“We both had great drive to win and nerves took over as Selangor were tied in the match. We will divert this energy positively in the next games.”

Selangor assistant manager Noor Hisham Ghouth said an internal inquiry will take place before the club decides the next course of action.

He, however, accepted the apology and considered the matter settled between the players.

“It was solved amicably. Yet the management takes things seriously and will give an official warning to the players. An internal investigation will be conducted to pin-point the problem,” said Hisham.

“There will be no compromise to actions that affect the unity and spirit of the team. I understand that it also boils down to their players’ desire to win matches but the professionalism and respect for each other must be maintain.”

The incident was the second time Selangor dominated headlines for infighting.

In April, a scuffle broke out in the dressing room between Hafiz Kamal and Mauro Olivi after the club’s 3-1 away defeat to Felda United.

Olivi was handed an indefinite internal ban but returned to action a couple of weeks later after injuries struck the squad.

A third incident reportedly took place in Selangor’s 1-0 loss to Pahang in Malaysia Cup but club officials have denied it.

Selangor fans were also not pleased as they vented their frustrations on social media.

“Even @FASelangorMY were embarrassed to tweet that Ukah was sent off after fighting with a teammate.”

“Robert Cornthwaite must be laughing hearing that Bunyamin fought with the players who replaced the Australian.”