PETALING JAYA: Unruly fans have resulted in Sarawak being forced to play behind closed doors again, taking the total to seven matches in four years.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) ordered Sarawak to play their next two Super League matches – against Kedah (March 12) and Terengganu FC II (April 9) at State Stadium in an empty stadium.
The Sarawak Football Association (SFA) were also fined RM25,000 after fans lighted fireworks and threw objects onto the pitch in the match against Felda United on Feb 16. The home supporters also threw stones at the Felda United team bus and a match official’s vehicle after Sarawak lost 2-1.
Last September, the Sarawak FA were slapped with a hefty RM80,000 fine and ordered to play two matches behind closed doors. In 2012, they were forced to play three matches in empty stadiums after fans misbehaved on three occasions.
In another case, Perak were handed a suspended one-match empty stadium ban and fined RM25,000 for crowd trouble outside the Perak Stadium in Ipoh after a 1-0 Super League loss to Selangor on Feb 16.
Selangor also did not escape punishment. The Red Giants were fined RM10,000 after fans lighted up flares in the FA Cup second-round match against AirAsia FC at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi on Feb 19.
The only player to get into the bad books of the FAM was Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) midfielder Mohd Amirulhadi Zainal. He earned a two-match ban for violent behaviour in the FA Cup second-round match against UiTM FC at the UiTM Stadium on Feb 19.