FAM: Rajagopal is not guilty

National head coach Datuk K. Rajagopal has been found not guilty, and will receive no punishment by the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association of Malaysia
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) today has made a decision to not punish national team head coach Datuk K. Rajagopal, after finding no evidence that he had violated FAM's Article 88, as claimed previously.

The chairman of FAM Disciplinary Committee, Datuk Taufik Abdul Razak, said the committee had decided not to charge Rajagopal after carefully analysing the video of the press conference.

Speaking to Bernama, he said: "After listening to the recording of the post-match press conference, we decided to drop the charge against Rajagopal as he did not make such a statement.

"Probably the media had misconstrued the comments made by him.

"There was no mention of the FAM policy in his comments."

Rajagopal was said to have blamed the arrival of import players in the M-League for the lack of good local strikers after a recent loss to Saudi Arabia. 

According to the Article 88, only the FAM President and its general-secretary can comment on policy matters, including the involvement of the national team, to the media.

However, Taufik also reminded Rajagopal to be careful when giving comments to avoid a similar case happening again.

Meanwhile, two Selangor players, Mohd Afiq Azmi and Abdul Shukor Jusoh, have been suspended for two matches after the Committee has found them guilty of being involved in a fight during their FA Cup match against ATM in January.