PETALING JAYA: Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim has expressed his disappointment at the handling of ticket sales of the AFF Suzuki Cup first leg final match between Malaysia and Vietnam that have received criticism from football fans.
"I am disappointed with what happened to the AFF Suzuki Cup ticket sales. I hope supporters would be able to give ideas on solutions in regards to the ticket sales issues and I hope that the FAM will look for a solution," he said on his Twitter account on Saturday (Dec 10).
Tunku Ismail said this problem cannot go on any longer.
"I, too will try my best to look for a solution so that this issue will not be repeated in the future because the supporters are the heart of football," he said.
Tickets for the AFF Suzuki Cup first leg final match between Malaysia and Vietnam were sold out on Sunday (Dec 9).
Many Malaysians then vented their frustration on Twitter and Facebook over the organiser's poor ticket management.
Online ticket sales at www.tickethotline.com.my, which was supposed to start at 9am last Friday (Dec 7), started 30 minutes earlier while the operators of the website were doing a system test.
Meanwhile, many Malaysians queued in vain at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil for the over the counter tickets which were quickly snapped up on Sunday (Dec 9).
Malaysia will host Vietnam in the first leg of the final at the National Stadium on Dec 11 before travelling to Hanoi for the return leg on Dec 15.