Youth and Sports activities Minister Khairy Jamaluddin stated the federal government's determination to ban Harimau Malaysia from going to North Korea shouldn't be seen as intervention within the affairs of the FAM.
"It's because the nationwide soccer group comprise Malaysians. Solely the federal government could make a safety evaluation, not a sports activities affiliation," he advised reporters after the Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Wonderful Service Awards ceremony on the Worldwide Youth Centre, right here immediately.Yesterday, the federal government banned Harimau Malaysia from leaving for Pyongyang for the 2019 Asian Cup qualifier towards North Korea on March 28.
This adopted the federal government's choice to declare North Korean ambassador Kang Chol as persona non grata, resulting in his expulsion from the nation.
In the meantime, FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin stated the federal government's ban on North Korea journey solely affected the gamers and the followers, not the nationwide soccer administration.
"FIFA's interpretation of intervention is that if any member of the FAM makes a grievance to FIFA. On this case, the FAM agree's with the federal government's determination as a result of it includes safety.
"We stand by the federal government's determination to play the 2019 Asian Cup tie at a impartial floor," he advised reporters after the launch of the Greatest Participant of the Month Award by the Skilled Footballers Affiliation of Malaysia (PFAM) right here, right now. -- Bernama