FAM chide OCM for base­less claims

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE FA of Malaysia (FAM) are up­set with the Olympic Coun­cil of Malaysia (OCM) for claim­ing that women’s fut­sal goal­keeper Nur Izwani Az­man had bro­ken the Sea Games cur­few at Re­nais­sance Ho­tel in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 4.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the na­tional body said the ho­tel’s CCTV footage showed that Izwani did not break cur­few.

An up­set FAM sec­re­tary Datuk Hamidin Amin said the goal­keeper had en­tered her room be­fore the 11.30pm cur­few.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed with the al­le­ga­tions that led to OCM sec­re­tary gen­eral Datuk Low Beng Choo’s press state­ment over the mat­ter on Mon­day,” said

Hamidin.

“We com­pleted our in­ves­ti­ga­tion by in­ter­view­ing Izwani, coach

Muiz­zudin Haris and team man­ager Shafizah Umamah Ab­dul Mu­talib.

“We have proof in the form of CCTV footage that shows that Izwani had left the ho­tel lobby af­ter meeting her un­cle and was head­ing to the lift at 10.55pm.

“The CCTV footage also showed Izwani en­ter­ing her room at 11.11pm. Clearly, she did not break cur­few.”

Hamidin said he had con­tacted Beng Choo over the con­tro­versy and hopes the mat­ter is not pro­longed.

“Izwani’s po­si­tion in the squad re­mains sta­tus quo. Coach Muiz­zudin is happy with the level of dis­ci­pline Izwani has been show­ing on and off the pitch,” Hamidin added.

Mean­while, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) will not take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against mixed dou­bles player Goh Soon Huat for also break­ing cur­few.

BAM pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said he was sat­is­fied with the ex­pla­na­tion by Soon Huat. “I hope Soon Huat will for­get this and fo­cus on the Sea Games,” said Norza, ad­ding that the Sea Games and World Cham­pi­onships-bound play­ers will at­tend a mo­ti­va­tion camp in Fraser Hill this week­end.

Nur Izwani Az­man

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