Male’, Maldives - Majority of the clubs showed their support for the current leadership of the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) as five of the seven clubs from first division took part in the press conference held at FAM house this afternoon.
Speaking at the press conference, the president of FAM, Bassam Adeel Jaleel said that despite the efforts of few clubs and certain individuals to oust the elected Executive Committee of the Football Association of Maldives (FAM), the number of clubs showed for today’s press conference indicated that majority of the footballing family is still with his leadership.
“The number of top clubs came for today’s press conference shows that the majority of the top clubs are still with the current leadership and they have no interest in ousting the elected Executive Committee of the FAM”. Bassam said.
Bassam reiterated that five out of the seven clubs playing in the first division as well some clubs in other divisions have expressed their desire to fully cooperate as well support the current leadership in order to achieve the goals to take the nation’s football to another level. And he said that the accusations against him and the football governing body are for personal reasons for hidden agenda to hinder the bond between clubs and FAM.
And he further added that after the discussions with the clubs they have expressed issues they are facing but thankfully, there are no major concerns that cannot be resolved.
Recently Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof said that the majority member clubs have agreed to call for an extraordinary congress to remove the current President of FAM, Bassam.
“According to my knowledge the majority of member clubs of Maldives FA has agreed and signed the document to call for an extraordinary congress due to FAM'S involvement in political activities, several actions which has damaged football and which are against the FAM statutes,” Mahloof said.
According to Article 29 of FAM statutes, if more than 50% of members of FAM makes a written request to hold an extraordinary congress, and an extraordinary congress shall be held within fourteen days of receipt of the request.
It is not clear which member clubs has agreed to call for an extraordinary congress but four of the clubs took their name from the petition.
The governing body of Asian Football, AFC gave a warning saying that they will not entertain any third party interference and the governing body of world football, FIFA has warned the Maldives about a possible suspension if there is any influence from third parties.
Fifa statutes dictate that member states should “manage their affairs independently with no influence from third parties”.
In a letter signed by the Secretary general of FIFA, Fatma Samoura, FIFA said that they take note with grave concern of the apparent undue influence in the activities of FAM, as well as several clubs affiliated to FAM by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment.
"We take this opportunity to firmly remind FAM of the contests of art. 14 par. 1 let. i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, which stipulate that all member associations are obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties. Therefore, should the alleged interference of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment continue, this would be considered undue influence in the sense of the FIFA Statutes and the matter would be presented to the relevant FIFA bodies for consideration and possible action, which may include, amongst others, a suspension of FAM." FIFA said in the letter address to FAM.