No interest in being FAM president, says Tony Fernandes

tony fernandezKUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes has declared that he has no interest in becoming president of the Football Association of Malaysia.

On Friday, he had been reported as saying on Astro Arena: “If I’m asked about taking up the presidency, I will consider it,”

However, he told the New Straits Times yesterday that it was a long shot.

“I have no interest,” said Fernandes, who owns English club Queens Park Rangers. “One, I don’t speak Malay. Two, they won’t even ask me. Three, do you think they would listen to me?”

He said his reaction on Thursday may have been blown out of proportion after being asked an impromptu question after an AirAsia function in Bangkok.

He laughed off suggestions that he should consider the post seriously, NST Online reported.

Yesterday, sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Fernandes should understand FAM’s constitutional procedures before offering himself.

The football association has been under criticism about the performance of the national team, while Johor’s Tunku Mahkota, Tunku Ismail Sultan Iskandar, has said that certain people in the FAM leadership should step down because of allegations of wrongdoing.

The president of FAM is Pahang crown prince Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who took over in 2014 from his father, who had been president for 30 years.

Malaysian football plunged to 175th place in the FIFA world rankings two months ago.

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