Sunday, 31 July 2011

FAM's apology accepted by Chelsea

Chelsea has accepted an apology from the Football As-sociation of Malaysia (FAM) over anti-Semitic abuse that targeted Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun during a pre-season match.

The London club had lodged an official complaint after Benayoun was barracked during a game in Kuala Lumpur on July 21, the first leg of Chelsea’s Asian tour.

Chelsea initially played down the incident but went ahead with its complaint after reviewing the game. The club said it is now happy to move on.

“We appreciate the prompt attention the FAM has given. The club and Yossi accept the apology and the matter is now closed,” it said.

FAM on Friday released a qualified apology to Chelsea and the player for conduct it said came from a small disruptive section of fans.

“The FA of Malaysia would like to strongly register that we do not condone any form of racism in football. If such an incident did happen, we would like to apologise to the player concerned and also to Chelsea FC,” it said.

The midfielder was booed and jeered whenever he touched the ball during the 1-0 win against a Malaysia XI.

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