Football

Published: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 8:56:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 9:14:27 PM

Perak to play four home matches behind closed doors

PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM)’s disciplinary committee fined the FA of Perak (Pafa) RM140,000 and ordered the Perak team to play four home matches from June 14 behind closed stadium doors.

Committee chairman Datuk Taufek Abd Razak said on Friday, the punishments were decided on after Pafa pleaded guilty to eight charges over the crowd trouble that occurred when Perak played Selangor on April 5 and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on April 15 at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh.

“Three charges on the first case (April 5) were over the burning of flares by fans, provocation of supporters and the hosts’ failure to provide adequate security,” Taufek told reporters after the disciplinary committee meeting at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, on Friday.

He said the committee slapped a fine of RM70,000 on Pafa over the April 5 transgressions.

“As for the second case (April 15), Pafa was also fined RM70,000 over five transgressions by fans which were lighting firecrackers and flares, as well as aggressive acts that led to a media personnel being injured and a JDT vehicle damaged,” he said.

Taufek said Pafa could have been fined up to RM330,000 and Perak forced to play eight matches to an empty stadium because of the two incidents, but the committee decided to show leniency as provided for under Article 80 of FAM’s Disciplinary Code.

“We will monitor the first match played in the empty stadium and if we are satisfied, the committee will review the ban on supporters.

“But if there is still trouble from the fans, the punishment (four matches to be played in an empty stadium) will be maintained,” he said.

Taufek said the committee also slapped a RM5,000 fine on the FA of Penang over the incident where Penang supporters threw mineral water bottles onto the pitch during the Premier League match between Penang and Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) at the City Stadium in George Town on April 3. – Bernama

Tags / Keywords: football, FAM, Football Association of Malaysia, Perak FA, Taufek Abd Razak

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