Tengku Abdullah

Just three months after taking over the reins of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Prince Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has moved to get things done.

The Crown Prince of Pahang, known for his “hands-on” approach is taking the bull by its horn to get to the root of poor refereeing. Critics of poor refereeing in the M-League will be pleased to note that the FAM is working closely with its European counterparts (UEFA) to have better quality local  referees.

Prince Abdullah has some pleasant news for the critics. He wants to improve the refereeing system in Malaysia as it is the only way to improve the standard of football.

“FAM would launch a program soon with focus on training methods for referees,” said Prince Abdullah.

“We will be engaging a former international who now heads the UEFA referee development in Europe. He is very experienced having officiated in top international matches,

“He will conduct training here. We will identify an elite group of referees and we may send referees for attachment overseas. Our wish is to have oen or two referees from Malaysia to officiate in the World Cup in Russia in 2018,” added Prince Abdullah.

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