Shahrom Kalam voices concerns over Hanoi trip

Selangor defender Shahrom Kalam voiced his concerns for the travelling Malaysia fans to Hanoi after a scuffle broke out at the Shah Alam Stadium yesterday.

Right after the Harimau Malaya lost 2-1 in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final first leg, a small quarter of the home fans crossed over to the away section and attacked the Vietnam fans.

With the return leg taking place in Hanoi, Shahrom said that he hopes the Vietnamese would not retaliate and harm the innocent fans. 

“I am really worried about the traveling fans, to be honest," the 29-year-old told FourFourTwo right before his training session in Shah Alam today.

“Not all the Malaysia fans that are going to Hanoi are hooligans, as I am sure that there are families with kids that are going there to watch a good game.

“So, I hope that nothing serious will happen to any of them [in Vietnam].”

He also expressed his disappointment in the Malaysia fans that were involved in the attack.

“Those who attacked the Vietnamese supporters are not true football fans.

“What they did was really bad because the AFF Suzuki Cup is watched by almost everyone in Southeast Asia, so what happened yesterday was seen as well and will definitely tarnish the country’s image.

“I was a fan as well last night, and as a fan, we should be supporting the national team, not causing trouble."

In a related news, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) assured that they are working closely with the relevant authorities to handle the issue.