FAM gives JDT one week to respond to Larkin charges

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have given Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) one week to reply to the charges against them in relation to last months Larkin tunnel incident

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The secretary-general of the FAM, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, has stated that JDT must reply the charges against them through the Johor Football Association (JFA).

According to Bernama, Hamidin said “Once we receive the reply from JFA, only then the FAM Disciplinary Committee will start to investigate. They will also call all the individuals that are involved in this case and there will be no exceptions.”

Hamidin also added that the FAM will take as much time as possible to investigate the issue until they can come to a conclusion.

“The committee has the power to carry out the investigations. If found guilty, the home team could be fined up to RM100,000 for failing to ensure security during a match,” added Hamidin.

JDT honorary-secretary, Mohd Fahmy Yahya, has also confirmed that his side have received the charge letter from the FAM.

During the FA Cup match between JDT and T-Team, the visiting team left the stadium following the half-time break after they refused to continue playing, claiming that it was due to safety reasons.

They also reported that the highest official of JDT had assaulted their player and fitness coach in the tunnel while both teams were heading to the changing room.

Police reports have been made from both sides and much speculation and rumour has spread regarding the issue.  Former T-Team defender Irfan Ghani retired from playing football after giving his statement to the police regarding the case, in which he stated that nothing actually happened in the tunnel.

JDT were rewarded with a 3-0 win, and they are currently through to the semi-finals of the competition.