The Kelantan skipper has failed to report for national team duty and could be set for punishment from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) could be taking serious action against Kelantan midfielder Badhri Radzi, who did not show up to report for national duty at the FAM complex in Kelana Jaya on Thursday.
Badhri, fondly known as Piya, was called up by Datuk K. Rajagopal for their upcoming matches against Chonburi, Chelsea and even Barcelona, but the 31 years old midfielder failed to show up, with speculations suggesting that he is nursing a hamstring injury.
However, FAM policies indicate that every player that is given national call-up must report for duty, regardless of whether they are injured or not, as reiterated by the national team manager, Datuk Subahan Kamal.
"Even if any player is injured, they are still required to report for national training. Our own physiotherapist will then conduct necessary tests to check on their condition," he told Kosmo!
Datuk Subahan also hinted that certain players reject national call-ups at times, contrary to popular belief that they were not given a call-up by FAM.
"People continuosly point the finger towards us and demand explanation as to why we didn't call this player up [Badhri].
"But sometimes, we call players up although they end up not reporting for national duty. We don't use the power available to us because we only want players who are interested in playing for the national team.
"Having said that, we will be taking action this time around. As for Badhri, we will be sending him a letter to find out the reasons behind his inability to report for training."
Besides his injury, other rumours suggests that there were problems with his flight from Kota Bharu to Kuala Lumpur, which hindered his intentions of reporting for duty last Thursday.
The creative playmaker last played for the national team in March, when they defeated Yemen 2-1 in the Asian Cup Qualifiers.