FAM knows terms of Asian Cup "binding contract"

The Football Association of Malaysia is seeking a compromise with the Asian Football Confederation over the controversial Manchester United tour, failing which the national association will abide by the wishes of the government to let Manchester United play against a Malaysian selection on 27 July at the National Stadium. That was the message yesterday from FAM deputy president, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah who is also an AFC vice president. "I would like to respect the wishes of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the Malaysian Government that the Manchester United tour will go on in conjunction with the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Merdeka," he said.

The FAM is in a dilemma as it has signed an agreement with AFC that during the Asian Cup from 7-29 July, it will not promote or stage other events and this legality is what worries Tengku Abdullah, observed Christopher Raj in the New Straits Times. "We have a binding contract. We went through it with our lawyers and we know what is stipulated in the contract, but I still want to use our office and try to solve this problem amicably. Our priority is still the Asian Cup and the FAM is committed to it."