The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has insisted that they will take drastic action against those who cause trouble at football matches
The Deputy of the FAM, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, stated that they are looking at this issue very seriously because this type of incident can ruin the football image of the country.
Speaking to Bernama, Tengku Abdullah said “I’m worried that this fighting among fans will become a big loss to the country. We want to focus on football development and I hope such incidents will stop because we will take drastic action accordingly.”
Tengku Abdullah was commenting on the last Friday's incident where Pahang and Johor fans were involved in a clash after the game at Darul Makmur Stadium.
Meawhile, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin also urged the FAM to find a solution and handle the provocations more firmly.
“I have discussed the matter with FAM’s secretary-general and he assures me that will take care of this issue,” said Jamaluddin.
The incidents ruined what was a good match between Pahang and Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), where Pahang were the winners after Hafiz Kamal scored an injury-time winner against the Southern Tigers.
Provocations between supporters from both sides after the game caused one of the JDT supporters to have injuries to his head. Police also reported that JDT supporters have lodged a report on alleged fights and damage to their vehicles. They was also a fight in front of the Pekan District Police Headquarters that resulted in injuries to the supporters and members of the public.
The police however denied that any supporters were killed during the fight and they managed to control the situation before it got a lot worse. Four reports were taken from both Kuantan and Perak authorities and they are still investigating the issue.