: The Kuala Lumpur FA (KLFA) have taken positive measures to ensure their football team steer clear from illegal activities in the third-tier FAM Cup competition next year.
KLFA general-secretary Nokman Mustaffa said every game will be closely monitored with the assistance of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) officers as well as officials from the KLFA integrity committee.
“I will lead the team from the KLFA as we seek to ensure that the KL team is free from illegal activities. The integrity committee will submit reports on every game and the players’ performances to the KLFA,” said Nokman on Saturday.
He said that only five players from the 2013 Premier League squad had been retained for the FAM Cup next year.
“We believe that the five are clean and we have kept them. But we will not hesitate to crack the whip if we suspect any foul play,” warned Nokman.
On Friday, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) disciplinary committee imposed a life ban on five players and three team officials, including a kitman, from the Kuala Lumpur Premier League football squad for match fixing this season.
The eight were also slapped with a RM20,000 fine each.
Disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Taufek Abdul Razak said that another seven KL players will be hauled up to answer match-fixing charges at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Dec 27.
The KL team have been demoted to the third-tier FAM Cup competition next season.
The team officials banned included Slovak coach Stanislav Lieskovsky, assistant manager Rosli Omar and kitman Shaari Jani. The five players were Jeremy Danker, Khairul Anuar, Hafizi Roslee, Fadhulah Yunsiar and Phoo Kai Lun.
Nokman said that the KLFA will try to revive their team to win promotion to the Premier League in 2015. Former international Tang Siew Seng will coach the youthful KL team.