GEORGE TOWN: More than 100 Penang football fans staged a protest yesterday, saying they do not want team manager Zairil Khir Johari to lead the Football Association of Penang (FAP).
The group, led by Zamzuri Ibrahim from the Ultra Panthers Fan Club, urged Zairil, who is also the DAP’s Bukit Bendera member of parliament, to relinquish his new appointment as the FAP president.
Zairil was appointed as the president during an extraordinary general meeting.
He replaced Datuk Nazir Ariff Munsyi Ariff who relinquished his president’s post last month, days before the Super League match.
The group repeatedly chanted “Undur Zairil” and carried banners which read “Perosak Bola Sepak Penang Sila Berambus” and “Sign Import Tiada Standard.”
Zamzuri said since the start of the season, the Penang team had suffered three continuous losses due to Zairil’s poor leadership skills.
“We are very disappointed. We have never experienced three straight losses before.
“Zairil is certainly not fit to lead the state football,” he said.
Zamzuri also questioned coach Ashley Westwood’s qualities, saying he failed to understand the needs and unite the players.
“Don’t bring your European culture here. This is Malaysia football and you need to fully understand each and every player,” he added.