PETALING JAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has apologised to Vietnamese football fans over the actions of a group of Malaysian thugs who attacked them during the closing stages of the AFF Suzuki Cup first-leg semi-final tie in Shah Alam on Sunday.
Khairy said that while he was waiting for the official report from the police and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), he accepted and saw with his own eyes the attack on the Vietnamese fans.
“There is no excuse for such violent behaviour. More so as they are our guests. Is this the way we treat guests? It doesn’t matter if they are here on holiday or are working here, this isn’t Malaysian culture, “ he said in a statement on his Facebook page, early Monday morning.
Vietnam won the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal 2-1.
Khairy said those responsible should be aware that the Malaysian fans could be on the receiving end of hostilities in the second leg in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“Isn’t this provocation and poses a security risk to Malaysian fans in Hanoi?
“Because these thugs will not apologise and there will be no response from FAM yet, I apologise to the Vietnamese fans who were attacked. I will ask the police to investigate the matter.
“These violent fans do not represent Malaysia. My sincere apologies on behalf of Malaysia for the actions of these small number of irresponsible thugs.“We hope for a great second leg in Hanoi, competitive on the field and friendly in the stands,” he said.