KUALA NERUS – Terengganu has threatened to pull out of the M-League competition if the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) failed to take action on an official protest to be filed by the Terengganu Football Association (TFA) soon.
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said if the FAM failed to take the necessary action, the Terengganu state government would not hesitate to pull the team out of the M-League competition.
Ahmad Razif was unhappy with the match official’s decision to deny Terengganu a ‘legitimate’ fourth goal for offside, and the red card to Terengganu’s Brazilian striker Paulo Rangel for questioning the referee’s decision.
“I have asked the Terengganu FA to submit an official protest to the FAM urging for a review of the result of last night’s match. The goal scored was not offside but the FAM did not make a decision,” he told reporters after opening a Zakat management workshop at the Sultan Zainal Abidin Universiti (UniSZA), here Sunday.
Referee Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob had ruled out Terengganu’s fourth goal in the 89th minute scored by Ahmad Nordin Alias against the Lions XII for offside, a decision that denied Terengganu a spot in the FA Cup final.
Lions XII from Singapore lost 2-3 to Terengganu at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium last night but qualified for the FA Cup final on the away goals rule after both teams were tied 4-4 on aggregate after the second leg semifinal.
The Lions XII had won 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore in the first leg and by virtue of scoring two goals as opposed to Terengganu who managed to score only one goal in Singapore, the Lions marched on.
Meanwhile, the decision by the referee to expel Rangel and also give the marching orders to Gustavo Fabian Lopez albeit a second yellow card for protesting, saw the 15,000 odd unhappy fans venting their anger by burning and damaging public facilities at the stadium and setting fire to an ambulance.
The tense situation saw the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) called in to restore order while Ahmad Razif estimated the losses at RM150,000.
“The quality of refereeing was not up to the mark and the FAM must look into such issues seriously. The crowd was angered by his insensitive decisions,” he said.