The much-anticipated Java Cup has been postponed to an undetermined date after both Galatasaray and Everton withdrew from the first-year event, leaving organisers red-faced and threatening legal action.
Malaysia brought a select squad to the tournament and were supposed to face Everton today.
"I'm disappointed the tournament didn’t go ahead as planned because we were hoping to test ourselves against renowned teams like Everton and Galatasaray," a frustrated Ong Kim Swee told reporters, however he did express hope that a friendly game against an Indonesian team could be arranged before they return home.
Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad, the general secretary of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is reportedly flying out to Jakarta to sort matters, while the organisers of the competition said yesterday that they will sue both the European clubs for their untimely withdrawal.
"(The) consequences of the cancellation for Everton is (they) pay back all the damages,” Patrick Mbyaya, a lawyer representing the tournament, said in a press conference announcing the postponement.
“We will also contact the England Football Association to give disciplinary (sanctions) to Everton. If they refuse to pay back, we’ll take this to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (in Switzerland),” he continued.
Mbyaya added that the same would apply to Galatasaray, who won last season's Turkish Super Lig.