T-Team prepared to swear on Quran over JDT incident

The Muslim players from the Malaysia Super League side are ready to do so after it was suggested by the Chief Minister of Terengganu, following the award of victory to JDT
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) caused a stir recently when it decided to award victory to Johor Darul Takizm (JDT) after their FA Cup incident with T-Team FC.

The second-round tie was abandoned at half-time on February 1 with JDT leading 2-1 at half-time, following a spat in the tunnel at the break that lead to T-Team refusing to appear for the second half.

After the game, both teams accused the other of physical assault and lodged police reports against each other. The FAM subsequently vowed to severely punish guilty parties.

FAM deemed that the game was able to continue and thus awarded JDT a 3-0 win last Thursday, with a separate follow-up investigation on the tunnel incidents due to follow. A decision regarding that is yet to be made still.

Chief Minister of Terengganu Datuk Seri Ahmad Said slammed FAM's decision, believing that the Titans had justified reasons to withdraw and suggested for the players to swear on the Quran to uphold the truth.

T-Team chief executive officer Ab Rasid Jusoh has now insisted that the side's Muslim players are ready to do just that.

"We are still waiting for a suitable date," he told Bernama. "All the players are prepared to swear at any time.”

Rasid also urged his side focus on their Malaysia Super League (MSL) matches.

“We will focus fully in the MSL," he added. "We will play with determination to ensure we can compete with other teams and improve our league (position)."

FAM also vowed to come down hard on unsavoury incidents after JDT and Pahang FA supporters clashed following the former's 3-2 loss in the MSL last Friday.

Hafiz Kamal scored a late winner for Pahang in a thrilling game but it was marred by fights outside the Darul Makmur Stadium and the Pekan District Police Headquarters.

FAM deputy Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah admitted concern that such incidents could ruin the country's footballing image.

“I’m worried that this fighting among fans will become a big loss to the country," he told Bernama. "We want to focus on football development and I hope such incidents will stop because we will take drastic action accordingly.”

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin also urged the FAM to handle the provocations more firmly.

“I have discussed the matter with FAM’s secretary-general and he assures me that will take care of this issue,” he said.

JDT supporters reported damage to their vehicles, with one also suffering head injuries. Other supporters suffered injuries as well, along with members of the public, although police subsequently claimed to have controlled the situation before it worsened. Four reports were received and investigations are still ongoing.