Terengganu threatens boycott, wants FAM to probe match against Lions XII

Terengganu threatens boycott, wants FAM to probe match against Lions XII

KUALA TERENGGANU - The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has been asked to investigate Saturday's match against the Lions XII of Singapore in which the Terengganu football team failed to enter the FA Cup final.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the Terengganu football team might boycott upcoming competitions if it was proven that their player was not in offside position.

Despite winning the match 3-2 against the Lions XII at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak, the team was edged out by the visitors 4-4 on the away goals rule.

Much of the dissatisfaction arose after the decision of the referee, Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob, in not awarding Terengganu the fourth goal through Ahmad Nordin Alias' header in the 90th minute. Mohd Amirul ruled it offside.

"I urge FAM to do a detailed investigation. If no action is taken by FAM, I will not hesitate to ask the team to not compete in upcoming tournaments if it is proven that our player was not in offside position," said Ahmad Razif after attending a seminar at University Sultan Zainal Abidin here on Sunday.

He also expressed dissatisfaction with the referee's decision to deny Terengganu's fourth goal by Ahmad Nordin as he was found to be offside.

"I'm disappointed with the poor refereeing quality shown last night and hope that FAM will take this matter seriously," he said.

Ahmad Razif said he had ordered the state's team to make a formal appeal to FAM to investigate the matter.

"If need be, do a rematch," he said, adding that he was also upset over the damaged caused by Terengganu fans after the match.

"It is sad that the stadium was vandalised after it had been closed for major renovation works and I'am leaving that to the police to investigate," he said.

After the match, the majority of the 15,000-odd fans went on to destroy stadium property, including a glass entrance door.

A bus belonging to the Lions XII was also damaged by the fans. An ambulance was also set ablaze.

Federal Reserve Unit policemen were seen escorting the referee out of the stadium after the match.

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