FFT’s Five Finds: Malaysia referees too lenient

Another weekend of action in Southeast Asia and another Five Finds from FourFourTwo. 

Referees in Malaysia need to get a little tougher

Kedah and Johor Darul Ta’zim are involved in three back-to-back matchups, as they take on each other in the league and Malaysia FA Cup.

The first was a 2-1 win for Kedah in the first leg of the FA Cup semi-final and the second was a 1-1 draw at the same venue in the league. The second leg takes place next Saturday.

Both games so far have been entertaining with two teams trying to get forward as much as possible. More surprising than JDT's first defeat of the season was the fact that in both games, both teams finished the 90 minutes with eleven men.

There have been some seriously bad tackles, mass brawls, lots of niggly off-the-ball incidents and some general all-round nastiness.

The referee on Saturday was in severe danger of losing control and a willingness to show red would surely have made a difference.


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Is this the first time you watch MSL, John? Fans have been complaining about the reffs for ages and becoming ever louder in the last few years.