Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has blasted the local football fans that attacked Vietnamese supporters at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.
Vietnam defeated the Harimau Malaya 2-1 in the first leg of the semi-final at the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Following the conclusion of the match, a group of home fans were sighted invading the away section and attacking the Vietnam fans.
A few fans were injured in the process, leading to Khairy’s statement that condemned the action.
“What disappointed me [last night] the most was not our defeat on the pitch but the action of a small number of Malaysian fans against the Vietnam supporters,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“There was no excuse for such violence, especially against guests in our country.
“Is this how we treat our guests? Whether they are here for holiday or work, this is not the Malaysian culture.
“Those irresponsible thugs did not consider what would happen to our fans that will be going to Hanoi for the return leg.
“I apologise to all the Vietnam fans that were attacked at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.
“I will cooperate with the police to investigate this case immediately and take action on it.
“This small number of violent fans does not represent Malaysia
“We hope for a great second leg in Hanoi, [with the players being] competitive on the field and [the fans being] friendly in the stands.”