Former national defender Datuk Soh Chin Aun has called on fans to show respect and behave in stadia after six clubs were fined by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for crowd trouble in recent Malaysian Super League matches.
Johor Darul Takzim (JDT), Kelantan, Pahang, Selangor, Perak and Terengganu were fined more than RM100,000 in total by the FAM for failing to provide adequate security and control their supporters from, among other things, lighting up flares and entering the pitch.
"[Back in my days] the fans just shouted at the players [when they were unhappy]!" recalled Datuk Soh, who played for the Malaysia national team from 1970 to 1985.
"Of course, fans getting frustrated is all part and parcel of the game and it is in human nature to react," he said, "but what they [the fans] did is not very good or nice at all."
"We live in a democratic country, so if any fans want to lash out, they should do it through proper channels."
"I don't want our fans to follow the bad examples of European football because it is not part of our culture," urged the Selangor legend.
The FAM have issued a strong warning to clubs and fans that they would not tolerate any more crowd trouble.