SHAH ALAM: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the police will conduct a two-level security check at the entrance of the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil during the second leg final of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 between Malaysia and Thailand on Dec 20.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the tight security check would be carried out to ensure there were no incidents like the episode during the Malaysia-Vietnam semi-final match at the Shah Alam Stadium on Dec 7.
Hamidin urged football fans and supporters to cooperate with the authorities and security personnel on duty at the stadium during the final.
“Since police will conduct body screening on match day, the process could take time and slow down the process of fans entering the stadium. So, fans must be ready to face such a situation for the benefit of all.
“Security is our main concern, especially the safety of fans from Thailand who may come to watch the match in Bukit Jalil,” he said when briefing the media about FAM’s preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 final.
Hamidin further confirmed that the FAM had not received a show-cause letter from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) over the fracas between Malaysian and Vietnamese fans at the Shah Alam Stadium on Dec 7, as reported by a local daily.
He added that the FAM had actually received a show-cause letter from the Asean Football Federation (AFF) over the incident.
“I did read a report claiming that the FAM had received a show-cause letter from the AFC but we have not received anything. We have only received a letter from AFF,” said Hamidin.
Malaysia made it to the final after beating Vietnam 5-4 on aggregate while Thailand booked their spot with a 3-0 aggregate win over the Philippines.Thailand will host the first leg of the final on Dec 17. – Bernama
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