SEREMBAN, Mon. - One of the 14 referees involved in the just-concluded Negri Sembilan silat championship has confirmed that a fracas broke out among some of the exponents on Saturday night.
Mohd Faid Musa, 44, however would only say that a few silat exponents and supporters were involved in the fight which occurred at 11.45pm following a misunderstanding among them.
"The problem was settled amicably between the exponents after that. A commitee member from the Dewan Pendekar was assaulted. However, he did not retaliate.
"However, I don't think that any referee was involved in the fight," Mohd Faid said when contacted.
He added that since the matter had been settled, there was no need to point fingers at anyone or to play up the issue.
The five-day silat championship, held at the State Youth and Sports Complex in Paroi, ended yesterday.
Meanwhile, the State Youth and Sports Department said it had not received a report on the incident.
Its director Mohd Nor Md Said said the department could only act if, and when, a report was made.
Meanwhile, the Negri Sembilan Federation of Silat Associations denied that there had been a fight.
Its president Datuk Darus Salim Bulin said the association always stressed the need for discipline among its members and that no fight had taken place between members since the championship was introduced years ago.
The association did not receive any complaint or protest during the just-concluded championship, he told a Press conference at Kelab Melayu.
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