KUALA LUMPUR – The Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) Referees Committee has suspended all four match officials of the controversial Malaysia Cup quarterfinal match between Kedah and PKNS FC at the Selayang Stadium on Nov 28.
Referee Samsudin Ibrahim, assistant referee 1, Busrah Eri and fourth official Khairul Rizal Ismail were suspended temporarily pending a decision while assistant referee 2, Asmadi Noor was suspended for two weeks.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin in a statement said the Referees Committee made the decision after viewing video recordings of the match and the report from Match Commissioner Zainal Abidin Yaacob.
Hamidin said Samsudin, Busrah and Khairul Rizal were penalised for failing to follow the rules of the law related to resuming the match after a goal has been scored.
Hamidin said it was obvious that they (match officials) had erred to allow PKNS FC to resume play when two Kedah players were still at the PKNS FC goalmouth after Kedah had scored through Sandro Da Silva in the 57th minute.
Immediately after the restart, PKNS FC scored a goal through Mohd Faiz Isa in the 58th minute and Samsudin allowed the goal after a discussion with his assistants.
“FAM view the matter seriously and will take immediate action without the need for a report or official complaint from the concerned team.
In the second leg quarterfinal on Saturday, Kedah beat PKNS FC 3-1 and went on to qualify for the Malaysia Cup semifinals on a 4-2 aggregate score.
Hamidin said all four match officials would be required to attend a ‘refresh’ course so that the FAM Referees Committee can explain in detail about the laws of the game.
“Samsudin is an experienced referee and has officiated important matches in the M-League, including the 2014 FA Cup final between Pahang and Felda United.
His decision to allow the goal on Saturday could have been an oversight or hurried decision,” he said.
Hamidin said the FAM Referees Committee had also reminded match officials for the two Malaysia Cup semifinals to ensure there would not be a similar mistake.
The Malaysia Cup semifinals to be played tomorrow will feature a match between Pahang and Selangor at the Darul Makmur Stadium and the second semifinal between Felda United and Kedah at the Selayang Stadium. – BERNAMA