KUALA LUMPUR: The recent informal meetings between Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and the FA of Malaysia (FAM) to discuss football issues could land the national body in trouble with Fifa.
The world body prohibits any government intervention and they, through the Asian Football Confederation, are already monitoring developments closely.
On Thursday, Khairy had a meeting with FAM executive committee members to discuss proposals involving the leadership, the direction and involvement of all parties for the future of football in the country.
The meeting was scheduled a few days after Khairy had discussed with FAM president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on football issues, relating to the latter's leadership and the national team.
And on Friday, Darul Ta’zim owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim claimed that FAM president Tengku Abdullah and his exco members had agreed to step down.
The Johor royal also claimed that he has been offered the role of chairman or adviser of the national team and the head of the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Malaysia (FMLLP) congress.
FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin agreed that the national body is under tremendous pressure from several quarters.
“The proposals from the informal meeting with Khairy will be deliberated at the exco meeting on Aug 15. No decisions were agreed or endorsed in the meeting with Khairy,” said Hamidin after launching the Royal Selangor Club Soccer Sevens in Bukit Kiara.
“Khairy cannot be involved in the affairs of FAM. The current term only expires in 2018. I will meet Tengku Abdullah to discuss his position as president before the exco meeting. I am not sure whether the exco members will step down if Tengku Abdullah does so.”
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