Football

Published: Wednesday April 16, 2014 MYT 4:17:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday April 16, 2014 MYT 10:06:51 PM

Increasing crowd trouble at matches disturbing: FAM

The police and FRU facing unhappy Perak fans outside the Perak Stadium in Ipoh after the Super League match between Perak and JDT on April 15, 2014. – Bernama Photo

The police and FRU facing unhappy Perak fans outside the Perak Stadium in Ipoh after the Super League match between Perak and JDT on April 15, 2014. – Bernama Photo

PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are concerned with the rising number of crowd disturbances in the country.

FAM secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said this in response to the latest crowd trouble which erupted after the Super League match between Perak and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Tuesday.

The Perak fans were alleged to have thrown various objects onto the field and at the visiting team’s supporters during the game, which JDT won 1-0. An express bus ferrying the JDT fans to and from the stadium was also pelted with stones.

The Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse the disgruntled fans after the game.

It was also reported that two media photographers and two policemen were injured during the fracas.

The two photographers suffered leg injuries while the policemen had eye and head injuries.

Hamidin said that the Perak FA will be hauled up for their fans’ unruly behaviour.

If found guilty, the Perak FA can be fined a minimum of RM50,000.

Hamidin explained that he will await a detailed report of the incident from the match commissioner and venue co-ordinator before taking appropriate action.

“We have taken measures to curb football violence in the M-League but without much success, so far. We even had meetings with the police recently to tighten up security measures at all the competition venues,” said a disappointed Hamidin on Wednesday.

In February, FAM launched a “Love Football, Stop Hooliganism” campaign – aimed at stemming the spread of football violence in the M-League.

Judging by the number of cases so far this year, it looks like the message has not been well received, especially by the football fans.

Tags / Keywords: football, Perak, JDT, Johor Darul Ta'zim, FAM, Football Association of Malaysia, FRU, Hamidin Mohd Amin, Perak Stadium

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