KUALA LUMPUR: "It was just a normal suspension just like other red cards!”
This was the reaction of FA of Malaysia (FAM) general secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin concerning claims by Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who said he has been banned for life from playing football by the FA of Negeri Sembilan (PBNS).
Hamidin said it was not a serious problem whereby the PBNS president would receive such a heavy punishment.
"If that is what happened, then it is a similar red card issued for other offences. As usual, it is considered settled after he (Mohamad Hasan) has served a one or two match suspension,” said Hamidin when contacted.
After chairing the state government’s Exco meeting earlier today, Mohamad said that he was suspended or banned for life from playing football by PBNS after being shown the red card during a match which took place about 40 years ago.
The incident is said to have happened during local league final match in 1977, between NS Indians and the team that Mohamad played for at the time, NS Malays.
Mohamad, who played in defence, said that at first he was shown the yellow card for fouling national player G. Torairaju. Though after that incident, the match referee red carded him for protesting and kicking the ball in anger and frustration which incidentally hit a match official.