Friday, 29 July 2011
Malaysian apology to Chelsea & Benayoun
The Malaysia Football Association have apologised to Chelsea following the London club's complaint over anti-semitic abuse directed at midfielder Yossi Benayoun. But the statement from the Malaysian FA plays down the incident which saw the Israel international jeered every time he touched the ball during a recent friendly in Kuala Lumpur. "The FA of Malaysia would like to strongly register that we do not condone any form of racism in football," the statement read. "If such an incident did happen we would like to apologise to the player concerned and also to Chelsea FC. This surely does not reflect the feelings of the majority of fans in this football-loving country." Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country and has no diplomatic ties with Israel. The Israeli was barracked every time he touched the ball during the game against a Malaysia XI watched by 84,980 spectators at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium last Thursday and agency reports from the region immediately after stated it was anti-semitic in nature.
source: Daily Mail