Perak-Pahang Super League match open to fans

PETALING JAYA: Perak’s opening Super League home game is now open to fans.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) yesterday granted the Seladang a reprieve by reducing their three-match home ban to two.

This means Perak fans can now watch German coach Karl Weigang’s side take on Pahang at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh tomorrow.

In November, the FAM imposed a three-game ban on Perak after a crowd violence in their Aug 6 Super League clash with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in Ipoh. Perak were also fined RM47,500.

Perak will now serve their two-match ban in their Super League match against Malacca on Feb 4 and FA Cup first-round encounter with the Malaysian Malays/SAMB FC on Feb 15.

In another case, the FAM increased the ban on Sarawak centreback Mohd Hairol Mokhtar from six to seven months.

The 31-year-old had earlier appealed for the ban to be reduced.

He was sent off in the Malaysia Cup Group A match against Kedah at the Darulaman Stadium on July 13. The FAM then found Hairol guilty of violent conduct against referee Muhd Nazmi Nasaruddin.

Hairol is now only eligible to play on March 31.