Fans can return to stadiums when Malaysia Cup resumes


PETALING JAYA: It’s sweet music to their ears as fans will be allowed back to the stadiums when the Malaysia Cup resumes on Oct 29.

The Malaysian Football League (MFL) said that the National Security Council, Youth and Sports Ministry and the Health Ministry have provided a comprehensive standard operating procedure (SOP) for the return of spectators to stadiums.

MFL president Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said the number of supporters in the stadium will be based on the phases of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) in the respective states.

For the states which are in Phase 2, they are allowed 20% or 5,000 spectators, whichever is lower followed by Phase 3, 30% or 10,000 spectators (whichever is lower) and Phase 4, 50% or 20,000 spectators (whichever is lower).

“The MFL would like to express their appreciation to the government, especially to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who had previously announced the permission for spectators or supporters to attend sports and recreational matches in Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4,” said Ab Ghani in a press statement.

“This is certainly a positive step to boost the country’s football industry, especially as we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Malaysia Cup after this tournament had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

“The M-League clubs will have to follow the quota of supporters or reduce the number of spectators based on a club’s ability to match the strength of the manpower at the stadium starting from the third week of the Malaysia Cup on Oct 29.

“Only supporters or spectators who have been fully vaccinated can enter the stadium. They also need to wear face masks during the match and no eating and drinking is allowed in the stadiums. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to be in the stadium.”

Ab Ghani also added that supporters are also allowed to watch the friendly matches of the clubs competing in the Malaysia Cup if the clubs hold warm-up matches during the international break this month.

He added that the detailed SOPs for the M-League teams will be distributed soon.

“The MFL have also decided to allow supporters to watch friendly matches in the stadium. However, the clubs involved must inform the MFL in advance and must comply with the SOPs set by the authorities.”

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