THE move by Sarawak fans urging the FA of Sarawak (FAS) to withdraw from the parent body following a four-game home ban imposed last week has been branded as foolish by FA of Malaysia president Sultan Ahmad Shah.
He said football fans and fan clubs throughout the country should first understand FAM's laws and regulations before calling for the withdrawal of any association.
"It's easier said than done. Anyone can come up with such a statement, but all state FAs are under the jurisdiction of FAM. My advice is do not simply make stupid statements which can be harmful to you (fans) and your football team.
"This statement is not just about entering and leaving a house, but it involves a state FA which is subjected to the laws of the governing body," he said in Pekan yesterday.
Sultan Ahmad Shah said he knew that not all Sarawak fans share the same sentiment as they realise that if Sarawak choose to pull out from FAM, they will not be able to move on their own.
"Sarawak is a part of Malaysia so we should remain together to ensure football in the country reaches greater heights. Even when it comes to football associations, I believe we must adopt to the 1Malaysia concept and stick together.
"If such a statement about Sarawak choosing to pull out from FAM is true, then I will meet Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to get his feedback on the matter," he said.
Several newspapers yesterday reported that Sarawak fans had urged FAS in a petition to withdraw from FAM following a fine of RM8,000 and eight-month suspension imposed on FAS deputy president Abu Bakar Marzuki.
Abu Bakar was slapped with the ban after he criticised FAM in the media over the decision to fine FAS and force four home games to be played behind closed doors. By T.N. Alagesh