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Humiliating Defeat, Reaction To Spectators, Says Rexy

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) -- The easy defeat of Malaysian second doubles Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari/Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif to a Japanese pair and Mohd Fairuzizuan's reaction to jeering from the spectators humiliate not only the squad but also the country, said national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky.

Rexy said everything seemed to go wrong to the doubles pair, resulting in Mohd Fairuzizuan to be overcome with emotions.

"As a coach, their defeat is humiliating. Not only in terms of their performance but Mohd Fairuzizuan's reaction to jeering from the audience.

"What more the tie was watched by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. I am sorry to Datin Seri Rosmah," he told reporters here Tuesday.

Commenting on the defeat, Rexy said, "Mohd Fairuzizuan wanted to show his mettle but he could not control his emotions.

"This resulted in his moves as well as that of Mohd Zakry became erratic and the weaknesses were fully capitalised by their opponents."

Mohd Fairuzizuan/Mohd Zakry, who are 22nd seeds, lost tamely to the Japanese pair, who are ranked 27th, 15-21, 12-21 in 27 minutes.

They were jeered at by nearly 1,000 spectators at the Putra Stadium Putra, causing Mohd Fairuzizuan to react negatively by showing a vulgar sign to them.

Commenting on the audience's reaction, Rexy said, "That's their rights. If you win, they will cheer you, when you lose, they will shout at you."

On Mohd Fairuzizuan's reaction, Rexy said a disciplinary action would be taken against him, probably by resting him from several tournaments.

On Malaysia's chances in the tournament, Rexy said he and other coaches would discuss whether they would bench Mohd Fairuzizuan/Mohd Zakry and field the third doubles pair, Hoon Thien How/Ong Soon Hock or break their partnership.

Meanwhile, Mohd Fairuzizuan, who broke into tears at a news conference, apologised to the spectators for showing a vulgar sign at them.

"I merely responded to a vulgar sign shown by the spectators," he added.

Source from BERNAMA

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