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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Safee escapes with warning
SAFEE Sali has received a stern warning from the FA of Malaysia (FAM) for smoking at a coffee shop in Singapore, two days before the crucial AFF Cup Group B match against the hosts.
FAM general secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the striker will face disciplinary action if he does it again.
“Safee has apologised and regrets his actions. As an athlete and a public figure, he should be set a good example. However, he and the other players did not break the 10.30pm curfew on that day,” Hamidin at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday. “(National coach) Dollah Salleh and I confronted him after the picture of him smoking appeared on social media. Safee claimed he lighted up to relieve stress ahead of the match. I hope this incident will be a lesson to him and the others.
“As a national player, he must must portray a good image. If Safee is caught again, he will be fined but suspension is not part of the disciplinary action that we would impose on him.”
The media in Singapore and Malaysia highlighted Safee lighting up in the presence of several national players, including captain Shukor Adan and goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.
Safee later admitted that it was him in the picture but had declined to elaborate about it.
“Players must avoid doing things that could affect the harmony of the national team. I regard this matter as closed and Safee understands the bad publicity he brought to the team,” said Hamidin.
Malaysia’s Safee Sali (centre) takes a close range shot against Singapore in the AFF Cup at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday.