The Terengganu Chief Minister answered the criticism by FAM's Datuk Taufek, who stated that he has no right to interfere with the team's footballing business.
Chief Minister of Terengganu, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said insisted that he has every right to comment or be involved with the state’s football affairs as the funds for both Terengganu and T-Team are provided by the government.
Recently, the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) Disciplinary Committee chairman, Datuk Taufek Abdul Razak stated that Ahmad had no right to interfere with the issues involving T-Team and JDT in regards to the incident that happened at Larkin.
However, speaking to Bernama, Ahmad said, “All chief ministers can intervene in their respective states’ football teams as most of the money for their teams come from their government, and not from the FAM.”
Just a few days ago, he slammed FAM with the decision made by the disciplinary committee regarding the issue. According to the committee, JDT would only need to pay RM30,000 for failing to provide enough security during their game against T-Team.
Ahmad said that the FAM were biased with their decision, and suggested that they should quit rather than making unfair decisions.
Other than that, Ahmad was also not happy with the committee’s decision not to punish the individual that assaulted T-Team players and fitness coach during the half time interval.
On Feb 1, T-Team and JDT were involved in an incident whereby T-Team left the stadium during the half time as they claimed that some of their staffs have been assaulted by the highest official of JDT. They also lodged police reports and now waiting for the verdict of the investigation.