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PROVING INNOCENCE: Butler dares Ismail, Muslim to take polygraph test with him

LET'S go for lie detector tests! Terengganu coach Peter Butler has issued a challenge to midfielder Ismail Faruqi Asha'ri and defender Muslim Ahmad to take a polygraph to prove their innocence.

The 46-year-old coach, who is willing to pay for the cost of the lie detector test, said it will be easy enough to prove who is telling the truth.

"I will take the polygraph as well to prove that I am no liar and I am sure the boys will have no objection to this proposal if they really have nothing to hide.

"As for the expenses, I will pay for their airfare, accommodation, the cost for the test and everything else, and on top of all that, they can even pick and choose where to take the polygraph even if it means we have to travel out of the country," Butler said.

According to the Englishman, the polygraph will be the quickest way to prove that the two players were not with some girls near their hotel room in Alor Star at about 3 o'clock in the morning before the match against Kedah last week.

"I hear the two boys are demanding an apology from me and they are considering legal action against me but before they do anything that might embarrass them later, I urge them to take the lie detector tests with me.

"The duo have denied they were accompanied by some girls in the wee hours of the morning and the test will be a perfect opportunity for them to clear their names," he said.

Butler said the most important thing in the matter was the players' admission that they had come back late to the hotel.

"We have a 10.30pm curfew and the two players broke the rules when they returned to the hotel well past midnight.

"I have told this before and I am telling it again that their offence is breaking curfew and not because they had girls with them at the time," he said.

The coach said his decision to leave Ismail, Muslim and goalkeeper Sharbinee Allawee Ramli out of the squad is final.

"Sharbinee sealed his own fate when he palmed the ball into his own net in the home match against Kedah on Saturday and as long as I am the team coach, he will not be standing between the posts again.

"But I am happy to note that most players and Terengganu fans including the Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Ahmad Said) are behind me during this difficult period," said the coach.

However, a few people may not be too pleased with what he has done, said Butler, who has decided not to cycle from his residence in Pulau Duyong to the stadium for the time being.

"In addition to receiving a few dirty looks, I have also been verbally threatened and I have been warned that it is no longer safe for me to cycle around town," he said.

Peter Butler


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