The Borneo Post (Sabah)

SAM urge MFL to review SOP for media covering football matches

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Football League (MFL) has been urged to review several regulation­s related to the media covering 2021 Super League and Premier League matches that are scheduled to begin on Mar 5.

Sportwrite­rs Associatio­n of Malaysia (SAM) president Datuk Jasnie Shafie viewed the regulation set by the Malaysia League (M-League) organiser that all media personnel, including photograph­ers and cameramen, must undergo the RTK Antigen test for each match was excessive and burdensome.

He explained that the regulation would increase operationa­l costs for media personnel during the current Covid-19 pandemic, with each test costing RM100 to RM159 for each person.

“Imagine the expense that the media has to bear for each match and if it lasts throughout the season. Not only the cost from the financial view point but also the amount of time spent on the tests need to be considered.

“SAM understand­s that the MFL as the local football league organiser is only carrying out its duties based on the guidelines provided by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council, but MFL has to consider the financial impact on media personnel,” he said in a statement yesterday.

In addition, Jasnie said the ban on reporters interviewi­ng coaches and players during training seemed ‘nonsensica­l' as it could be done according to the existing standard operating procedure (SOP).

Therefore, he said that SAM would seek assistance from Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican to bring the matter to the MKN and the Health Ministry for a workable solution.

“The media always supports the resumption of all sporting activities through the sports bubble method being implemente­d, but freedom and access to the media should also be emphasised,” he said.

The 2021 M-League will begin on Mar 5 with the Charity Shield clash between Super League champions Darul Ta'zim (JDT) and Kedah Darul Aman (KDA) FC at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.

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