The Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) will meet the Malaysian Olympic Committee (OCM) to discuss the hosts’ drawing proposals for 2017 SEA Games.
After the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) proposed that Malaysia be given the privilege to choose their group for the men and women’s football after the voting process was held on July 8, Vietnam and Laos made official protest over this voting mechanism.
As reported by Berita Harian, AFF general secretary Datuk Seri Azzudin Ahmad said that Vietnam and Laos had strong grounds for protesting since the proposals of Malaysia were against the AFF policy. According to the regulations, the hosts only get the privilege of joining the defending champions in the same group, in this case, Thailand.
Meanwhile, the secretary general of FAM Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin confirmed the issue would be discussed at a meeting between the governing body of Malaysia football and the OCM on Monday.
“The hosts and the defending champions are separated in one pot. The second pot contains Vietnam and Myanmar followed by Indonesia and Singapore in the third pot. While Cambodia and Laos are in the fourth pot, and the last pot was acquired by the Philippines, Brunei, and Timor-Leste,” said Hamidin.