At the launch of the 'Love Football, Stop Hooliganism' campaign (from left): FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, vice-president Datuk Seri Affandi Hamzah, deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and vice-president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal.
PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have launched the “Love Football, Stop Hooliganism” campaign – aimed at stemming the spread of football violence in the M-League.
The M-League matches have been marred by a spate of crowd trouble incidents between rival fans of late. The most recent was at the Pahang and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) Super League match at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan on Feb 8.
It was reported that both sets of supporters had clashed outside the stadium and in front of the Pekan District Police Headquarters, resulting in injuries to several supporters.
FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said the campaign will serve as a reminder to supporters to behave themselves.
The “Love Football, Stop Hooliganism” flag will now be paraded onto the pitch before the kick-off of M-League matches to remind fans not to resort to violence.
“I hope the hooliganism cases in the M-League are isolated incidents. I don’t want the phenomenon to spread in Malaysia,” said Tengku Abdullah after launching the campaign at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, on Saturday.
“This campaign will be a reminder to all supporters to obey the law at all times. Everyone wants to enjoy football and it’s not fair for innocent parties to be injured because of the unsporting actions of a few irresponsible fans. I hope the fans won’t tarnish the image of our country.”
The FAM have also pledged to show their support for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and World Vision Malaysia’s One Goal campaign to tackle poor nutritional practices.
The One Goal flag will be displayed at all Malaysian matches starting with the national team’s “A” international friendly against the Philippines at the Selayang Stadium on March 1.