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Friday October 25, 2013 MYT 3:45:00 PM
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by k. rajan
Some dejected Kelantan fans who failed to get tickets blamed the lack of crowd control for returning home empty handed.
KOTA BARU: Pandemonium erupted when tickets for the Malaysia Cup semi final second leg between Kelantan and Armed Forces went on sale at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium here Friday morning.
The fans, who were queuing up as early as 5am were pushing and shoving as the counters opened at around 9.45am.
The situation became worse as the fans started to climb up the fencing to buy the tickets.
Several female fans fainted and had to be given first aid treatment and it was fortunate that no one was seriously injured in the melee.
Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) secretary Azman Ibrahim, who is also the team manager, acknowledged that they had some security concerns but it was sorted out.
Azman said a change of location of the ticket counters had caused the chaos.
“We had to sell the tickets at the old counters instead of the main ticket counters because of University Malaysia Kelantan’s convocation fair is being held near there,” said Azman.
“The old counters have no separate exit points and it caused a bottle neck at the entrance with people coming and exiting at the same time.
“However, we managed to address the situation by stationing police officers at the counters to ensure a smooth flow of fans.”
Kelantan and Forces will resume their battle at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium, which can hold up to 22,000 people, on Friday night with the Red Warriors 2-1 up after the first leg.
Teenager Kamarul Nizam Abdul Razak from Machang admitted he was lucky to buy three tickets after queuing up for almost five hours.
“It would have been a big blow for me if I couldn’t get the tickets because I was waiting from 5am and the counters only opened at 9.45am,” said the 19-year-old Machang local.
“I have not missed a single home match in Kota Baru this season so I took the trouble to buy the tickets. I’m so happy to get my hands on the tickets.
“Its disappointing that the crowd control is still poor...I actually felt not safe with all the pushing and shoving but I just kept going to buy the tickets.
Another Red Warriors fan Wan Mohd Hazhar Wan Abdul, who failed to buy the tickets, blamed poor crowd control for him leaving empty-handed.
“I have been waiting since dawn and now have to return empty handed,” said a frustrated Hazhar who came all the way from Pengkalan Chepa.
“If only the tickets sales were better organised with proper queues and proper security I think everything would run smoothly.
“But it’s the same story all over again, luckily no one got injured but I really hope the situation improves in the future," he added.
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