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Published: Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 5:36:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 5:38:23 PM

FAM confiscates 1,000 fake Cup final tickets

Police arrested 50 fans for having fake tickets and for burning flares at Sunday's Malaysia Cup final.

Police arrested 50 fans for having fake tickets and for burning flares at Sunday's Malaysia Cup final.

PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) confiscated about 1,000 fake tickets from fans before the kick-off of the Malaysia Cup final between Kelantan and Pahang at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday.

FAM tickets and gates committee chairman Datuk S. Sivasundaram believes that a syndicate is behind the printing of these illegal tickets.

“We are serious about tackling this issue (forged tickets),” he said on Tuesday, adding that they managed to trace the fake tickets using ultraviolet scanners at the various check points.

“We came up with a three-tier check-point at the gates – body checks on all fans, ultraviolet scanners and metal detectors. The situation was handled tactfully and I was told that the police arrested 50 fans for having fake tickets and for burning flares.”

The FAM had printed 75,000 tickets but more than 80,000 fans showed up for the final.

Sivasundaram said that FAM has previously conducted random checks.

“The situation, however, has become more serious ... we have to check all the tickets. We feel sorry for those who genuinely didn’t know that they were buying fake tickets ... fans should only purchase tickets from ticketing booths,” he said.

“We took down their particulars and will pass them on to the police to enable them to carry out further investigations.”

It is learnt that the FAM collected close to RM3mil from gate collections.

Tags / Keywords: football, Malaysia Cup, police, tickets, fake, flares

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