Tunku Ismail's act could cause problems - FAM

Tunku Ismail's presence on the Johor Darul Takzim bench during the clash against Terengganu, while he was serving a suspension, will be looked at closely by the FAM
The actions of Johor's Football Association President, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who sat at the players' bench during his time of suspension may well land him in hot water with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) who have released a statement stating that they will investigate the case closely.

The issue was explained by the Deputy Secretary-General of the FAM, Datuk Ahmad Fuad Daud, who was also the match commissioner for the tie between Johor Darul Takzim and Terengganu last Saturday.

However, despite the strong statement by the FAM, there is still a possibility that Tunku Ismail can avoid further punishment if he claims that he was on the bench as the Young Prince of Johor.

"I have prepared a full report regarding the incident and any updates regarding this matter will soon be released to the public.

"I will submit the report to any committees involved and there is a possibility that the Disciplinary Committee will look into this matter closely.

"This case is still going to be analysed first depending on any mistakes that have been made, then it can be referred to other committees," said Ahmad Fuad to Utusan Malaysia.

Local newspapers have reported that FAM's General-Secretary, Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad, is waiting for a full report from the match officials before taking any action.

Tunku Ismail is currently on suspension after criticising on the quality of refereeing in Malaysia.