TFA Urges Football Association Of Malaysia To Investigate Assault Of T-Team Player
The Terengganu FA wants the FA of Malaysia "to investigate the alleged assault" of a Malaysia Super League side T-Team player and fitness coach during the FA Cup second round match against Johor Darul Ta’zim at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Baru on Saturday, according to Joseph Kaos Jr. of THE STAR. T-Team claimed that player Evaldo Goncalves and fitness coach Stefano Impagliazzo, both Brazilians, were assaulted by a "high-level personnel" from Johor FA's management in the stadium tunnel at halftime, with JDT leading 2-1. T-Team's players "refused to come out of the dressing room for the second half and the game was then abandoned" (THE STAR, 2/3). In Petaling Jaya, K. Rajan wrote a lengthy 12-month ban and a RM8,000 ($2,400) fine is the punishment "most likely to be meted out" on the high-ranking Johor Darul Ta’zim official if he is found guilty of assaulting a T-Team player. The ban and fine are based on FAM's disciplinary code. FAM General Secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin promised that "stern action will be taken once they receive the match commissioner’s report on Monday" (THE STAR, 2/2).