Vietnam and Laos submit protest against SEA Games draw format

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FAM to discuss with SEA Games organisers to rejig the drawing format after member association submitted protest letters.

The furore surrounding the draw format for the football event in the upcoming 2017 South-East Asian (SEA) Games has come to a head with confirmation of protests being submitted to the Asian Football Federation (AFF) against favouritism being shown to the host country, Malaysia.

The existing format sees Malaysia being allowed to decide on the group which they want to go into, after the draw have been made.

This format is seen as unfavourable to the other participating teams and as of now, two member association has submitted their disapproval through AFF.

Datuk Seri Azzuddin Ahmad, the Secretary-General of AFF has confirmed the receipt of the letters and has sent for the matter to be discussed between Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the SEA Games organising committee. 

"We received official protests from VFF (Vietnam Football Federation) four days ago [26 June] and Laos also sent a similar protest letter yesterday [28 June]. The matter has been raised to FAM and Datuk Hamidin, the Secretary-General of FAM."

"He will bring the matter to MOM (Malaysia Olympic Council) and SEAGF (South-East Asian Games Federation) for further action," said Azzudin during a Raya open house hosted by Hamidin earlier this week.

Azzuddin expect there to be more countries who will raise up their dissatisfaction over the matter and hope that a resoultion can come about amicably.

"In my opinion, these are valid protests because in the history of the SEA Games, there hasn't been any host country who have been given the advantage to choose the group they like and this is something out of the ordinary."

"I expect a few more countries to submit similar protest letters in the near future and the possibility is big that the format will be changed before the draw on 8 July," 

Hamidin also confirmed that a meeting will be held with the relevant parties on Monday [3 July] to discuss the matter. He suggested that a proposal to have reigning champions, Thailand be put in the same pot as host Malaysia will be put in and is hopeful that it could be one way out of the conundrum.

Malaysia will host the 2017 SEA Games beginning middle of August and are targetting to win what is generally accepted as the mother of all gold medals in the games.

 

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