Haze forces Cup ties out of the Klang Valley

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  • Saturday, 13 Aug 2005

PETALING JAYA: Due to the haze there will be no Malaysia Cup football matches played at the Klang Valley tomorrow. 

Of the eight matches, Selangor and PKNS are down to play Perak and Sabah respectively while another match, Public Bank versus MK Land, is an all-Klang Valley affair. 

The FA of Malaysia (FAM) yesterday decided to shift these matches out of the Klang Valley.  

Selangor and PKNS will now play their matches away while the match between Public Bank and MK Land will be staged at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca. 

PKNS, however, will play their match at a neutral venue at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Baru while Perak will host Selangor at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh. 

Competitions committee chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin said the changes were made in the best interest of the fans and the players. 

“We do not want to take any risks because of the unpredictable haze conditions in the Klang Valley,” said Raja Ahmad at a press conference at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday. 

“The haze condition seems to be improving in the Klang Valley but we have to be cautious at all times. We will also monitor the situation in other areas as well,” said Raja Ahmad.  

The FAM have also decided to take precautionary approach regarding the haze which has affected the Malaysia Cup schedules.  

Matches at areas with Air Pollution Index (API) above the 300 mark will not be played. 

Raja Ahmad said the matches would automatically be called off. 

“The haze conditions are unpredictable.  

“It can hit any time as such we want to make it clear that if the API breaches the 300 mark on match day at the area concerned, the game has to be called off,” said Raja Ahmad.  

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