KUALA LUMPUR: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) must take firm and prompt action to clamp down on crowd trouble during football matches, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said he would seek cooperation from the FAM to identify the problems and provide strategies to avoid a repeat of the stand-off between JDT fans and police during the FA Cup semi-final first-leg match against Pahang at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Baru on May 5.
Some 1,000 fans gathered and refused to disperse despite police warnings after the match, forcing fans from Pahang and the Pahang team to be trapped inside the stadium for about two hours. The match ended 1-1.
“I contacted FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin two days ago and suggested that drastic action was needed to avoid a repeat of similar incidents,” said Khairy on Thursday.
On the FAM’s proposal to deny entry to JDT supporters at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan during the return leg on May 31, Khairy said it was up to the Pahang Football Association’s discretion. — Bernama