Football

Published: Tuesday May 6, 2014 MYT 9:21:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday May 6, 2014 MYT 9:24:41 PM

FAM threaten to have closed-door matches

Police trying to disperse the crowd outside the Larkin Stadium on May 5, 2014, after the FA Cup semi-final first-leg match between JDT and Pahang ended in a 1-1 draw.

Police trying to disperse the crowd outside the Larkin Stadium on May 5, 2014, after the FA Cup semi-final first-leg match between JDT and Pahang ended in a 1-1 draw.

PETALING JAYA: Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have had it with unruly fans.

This season, football matches around the country seem to be plagued with incident after incident involving hooliganism.

The latest one was on Monday when about 2,000 Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) fans reportedly blocked all exits of the Larkin Stadium for two hours to prevent Pahang fans from leaving after the FA Cup semi-final first-leg match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Four football fans were detained following the stand-off between JDT supporters and the police.

FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the national football body have taken several measures to tackle hooliganism which has infected the M-League.

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

FAM have also slapped several teams with hefty fines for failing to provide adequate security at their stadiums.

Yet, crowd trouble persists.

“We informed the affiliates to improve security during matches and you can see there is now more security presence, but more work is needed to educate the fans,” said Hamidin on Tuesday.

He added that FAM are now looking at taking a harsher stand including making the teams play behind closed doors.

In Johor Baru, Johor Football Association (JFA) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim expressed disappointment at the incident.

“This is not part of the Johor tradition or culture and it is important for us to be mature about it.

“If this hostility among rival fans continues then football in the country will never grow,” he said.

Tunku Ismail thanked the police for preventing the situation from turning ugly.

He said the JFA are looking at online sales to avoid a rush for tickets on the day of matches.

Tags / Keywords: football, FAM, Football Association of Malaysia, hooliganism, hooligans, JDT, Pahang, Johor Darul Ta zim

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