Kok Heng, Khalid allege attack by Sabah supporters


BY RIZAL ABDULLAH

KOTA KINABALU: Perak claimed that Sabah supporters assaulted two of their players after their 1-0 win over the Rhinos in a Premier I match at the Likas Stadium here on Saturday night. 

Perak coach Toni Netto said that Chan Kok Heng was slapped on the face while former international Khalid Jamlus, who scored the winner in the 57th minute, was manhandled before being rescued by reserve goalkeeper Tay Sin Kiat. 

Team manager Datuk Jamal Nasir Rasdi, who was not with the team in Kota Kinabalu, in a telephone interview from Ipoh yesterday said that he would meet the coach and the players today before a decision is made on whether to file an official complaint with the FA of Malaysia (FAM). 

Assistant manager Che Harun Hussin claimed that the incident happened when the players were returning to their dressing room. 

“Someone shouted to go for the players. All of a sudden, I saw several people going for the Perak players, who rushed into the dressing room before anything nasty could happen. I was later told that Kok Heng was slapped while someone put an arm hold on Khalid,” said Che Harun. 

“We were lucky that none of the players suffered serious injuries. I have reported the matter to Datuk Jamal and it is up to him to decide on the next course of action.” 

Sabah were said to be unhappy over Perak's “unsporting behaviour”, which led to Khalid scoring the goal. 

Team manager Hairul Benjamin denied that several home supporters turned violent and assaulted the Perak players. But he hit out at Perak for the incident that led to them conceding the goal. 

“Our defender Burhan (Ajui) was injured and lying on the ground when Khalid got the ball. Instead of kicking the ball out for Burhan to get treatment, he proceeded to score the goal when all our other defenders' attention was on Burhan,” said Hairul. 

“Perak should not have taken advantage of the situation. We were upset over the defeat but I did not see anything happening after the match.” 

However, Perak were provided with police escort when they returned to their hotel after the match.  

The team were also provided with police escort to get to the airport yesterday. 

Defending champions Perak lead the 13-team Premier I with 18 points – four points more than second-placed Pahang, who have played one match fewer. 

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