Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has asked FIFA for a third time on Tuesday to move next 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers match against Palestine from Hebron, West Bank.
Previously, FIFA responded to FAM’s initial requests to switch the venue for the November 12 tie by deciding that Harimau Malaya will have to play in Palestine’s home soil after providing security guarantees.
“We are aware of the situation and will write to FIFA to express our concerns,” FAM general secretary Hamidin Amin was quoted by Malay Mail. “We have written to them before but that will not stop us from doing so again.”
However, the world’s football governing body has made the decision in Zurich after screening through FAM’s latest appeal, insisted that the match will remain at Dora International Stadium despite the growing unrest in the city.
“I received an reply from FIFA last night which stated that the match will take place in Hebron,” he added. “But they will continue to monitor the situation in Palestine and if things get worse, the match will be postponed or moved to a neutral ground.”
Malaysia suffered an embarrassing 6-0 defeat when hosting Palestine in the first encounter at Shah Alam Stadium last June.
“We are aware of the situation and will write to FIFA to express our concerns,” Football Association of Malaysia general secretary Hamidin Amin was quoted as saying in Tuesday’s Malay Mail.