Alam Shah hoping for mercy after Cup final attack

December 5, 2007

SINGAPORE, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Singapore striker Noh Alam Shah will throw himself on the mercy of a disciplinary panel on Monday when he faces misconduct charges after an attack on an international team mate during last month's Singapore Cup Final.

The 27-year-old is charged with violent conduct after the attack on Daniel Bennett of Singapore Armed Forces FC in the 93rd minute of that final.

The players clashed while challenging for a high ball.

Alam Shah appeared to knee and elbow the defender in the chest as he charged in and, while Bennett was on the ground grimacing in pain, the striker kneed him in the back of the head.

The Tampines forward was led away by team mates, only to break free seconds later and kick his Singapore Lions team mate in the back.

'Physical intimidation is part of his game,' Bennett later told Singapore's Straits Times.

'You expect that -- but not what happened.'

Alam Shah also faces a charge of aggressive behaviour after first confronting the match referee and then a Singapore Football Association photographer as he was escorted from the pitch following a red card for his attack on Bennett.

Alam Shah was full of remorse once the red mist had lifted. 'I would like to apologise to everyone. I regret that things turned out this way,' he said following the incident.

SAFFC beat Tampines 4-3 in the heated final to clinch the league and cup double.