Kelantan fans staged a protest over the FA of Malaysia’s treatment of their FA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium yesterday.
The fans, who came early for the Super League match between Kelantan-Felda United, are unhappy that Annuar has to face the FAM disciplinary committee for criticising the national football team’s performance.
Annuar, who is also FAM deputy president, faces a lengthy ban if he is found guilty of making a critical comment about coach K. Rajagopal’s national team.
Annuar voiced his opinion after the national team drew 1-1 with the Philippines.
It was the team’s seventh match without a win on the international stage.
Annuar could be handed a two-year ban from football if found guilty of breaching Article 88 of FAM’s statutes, which state that only the president and secretary-general are allowed to make statements on Malaysian football.
FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah had also reminded football officials not to be outspoken when speaking to the media.
About 50 Kelantan supporters unfurled banners with one having the words: “FAM president don’t influence the disciplinary committee’s decision.”
They also marched around the stadium voicing their unhappiness with the FAM and even asking the president to step down.
“Tan Sri (Annuar) only gave his opinion and advice in his capacity as deputy president of FAM.
“And for this he is asked to face disciplinary charges, this is unfair.
“We want justice,” said Mahizi Mahmood, deputy president of fan club site Kelate.net.
“We demand that the president of FAM step down and let someone else take over because he has been there for too long,” said Mohd Zaini Mohd Zain, president of Kota Baru Red Warriors club.