31 May 2014

Majra United pull out

Saturday, May 31, 2014
MAJRA United have withdrawn from the 2014 DST Super League and might even cease operations as a football club entirely.
The reason for the pull out was triggered by Majra’s May 13 game against the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) when Majra captain Faizal Mohammad was found guilty of assaulting the referee and was subsequently banned from all football activities for five years starting from May 14.
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) charged 2011 DST League Cup champions Majra $500 for negligence in managing the team and their fans during the match.
MS ABDB were awarded a 3-0 victory based on Article 57 of NFABD’s Disciplinary Code, a decision that was deemed unfair by the club’s assistant manager Hj Mahadi Hj Matzin.
“The decision was made without calling the player (Faizal) and the club’s management, and now our fans are also being held responsible - and that is a bit unfair,” he said in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
“We have decided that we are pulling out of the league this year and asked permission from NFABD on this matter.
“I am not sure what the status of our club is now, but we might not be coming back to the local football scene anymore.
“For now, our players can move to other clubs to continue their football,” he added in the interview.
In a previous report in The Brunei Times, Hj Mahadi said that the club should not be held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters.
“We cannot control the things that are happening outside of the pitch,” he said. “The organisers should look into it and provide security for every match in a big tournament such as the DST Super League,” he added.
Majra’s withdrawal will cause huge changes to the league table and the remaining fixtures.
The Brunei Times contacted NFABD yesterday and they confirmed Majra’s withdrawal from the league. They have also said that the new league table will be released in due course.
Majra were ninth in the 10-team table with five points before their withdrawal.
The last updated table has defending champions Indera Sports Club (SC) currently leading the standings with 29 points from 11 matches.

The Brunei Times

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