FAM to make official complaint over fans’ misbehaviour

  • Football
  • Saturday, 07 Sep 2019

Painful encounter: An injured Malaysian fan is stretchered away by the medical team during the match between Malaysia and Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday. The game had to be temporarily halted because of crowd trouble. — AP

SEPANG: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will lodge an official complaint to FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on the crowd trouble that marred the 2022 World Cup-2023 Asia Cup Group G second round qualifying opener between Malaysia and Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Thursday.

FAM secretary general Stuart Ramalingam confirmed that the national football governing body have decided to take action and are in the midst of compiling the evidence to report the incidents to the FIFA and AFC.

“There is no place in football for hooliganism and gangsterism in any form, ” said Stuart.

“FAM are extremely disappointed with the crowd disturbance during the match.

“Fairplay and professionalism were shown by both sets of players and officials on the pitch last night, but the game was marred by incidents off the pitch.”

In a statement issued by Stuart, he said the FAM strongly believed that the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), via the local authorities, have failed to anticipate the incidents that took place, thus failing to deliver the promises made prior to the match and in general, failing to control the behaviour of their fans – before, during and after the match, which ultimately tarnished the image of Indonesian football.

“Given the fact that the FAM and PDRM have no jurisdiction in Indonesia, we took the initiative to collaborate with local authorities through two meetings dated Aug 20 and 27, which was also attended by the Deputy Commander of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), ACP Kamarulzaman Maarof, to provide the necessary security measures for our travelling fans.

“In spite of the police escort from the airport to the stadium and vice-versa arranged for the 300 travelling fans in six buses, the situation descended into chaos and we are bitterly disappointed that the local organising committee failed to uphold their end of the agreement, ” said Stuart.

During the match, some Indonesian fans were seen throwing bottles and stones towards the Malaysian fans’ section.

The match had to be halted for 10 minutes in the second half after some fans were seen entering the pitch area and trying to get into the Malaysian stands.

Malaysia kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-2 win against Indonesia, thanks to Mohamadou Sumareh (two goals) and Mohd Syafiq Ahmad (one).

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