Petaling Jaya: The FA of Malaysia’s (FAM) “Love Football, Stop Hooliganism” campaign is not working at all.
Officials at the FAM were left red-faced on Saturday when ultras
unleashed flares and smoke bombs during Malaysia’s friendly
international against the Philippines at the Selayang Stadium.
The match, which ended 0-0, was halted for eight minutes in the first half by referee Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob.
About 1,000 ultras were among the 8,000 crowd and they maintained a
30-minute silence as soon as the match kicked off at 8.45pm as a protest
against the FAM. Banners deriding the FAM for the state of affairs of
football in the country were seen inside the stadium. The ultras also
sang derogatory songs insulting the FAM.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin was visibly angry,
saying the FAM could face sanctions from the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) for the incident.
“The fans should go through proper channels to voice their grouses
instead of interrupting a match,” said a fuming Hamidin on Sunday.
“We had several VIPs attending the match, including officials from
the Philippines embassy and these fans’ action have embarrassed the
“We are working on this issue but it seems that harsher measures are
needed to curb hooliganism. We will find a way to tackle this problem,”
COMMENT - this counts as hooliganism?
Monday, March 03, 2014
Malaysia FA Upset By 'Hooliganism'
Ultras Malaya doing that to show their protest to the Malaysia Football Association (FAM) for what they do in 30 years. 30 minutes silence is to mark 30 years of no achievement under current FAM president.Post a Comment