Could the Harimau Malaya be banned from future AFF Suzuki Cups?

After what happened at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday, fear is looming large that Malaysia could be punished severely. FFT’s Lee Seng Foo looks at some of the past punishments handed for similar cases…

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Relax, the answer to the question above is most likely a ‘No’. While some national teams have been banned from international tournaments in the past, such as Togo and Morocco, but it was never because of crowd troubles. What sort of punishment awaits Malaysia? We don't know, to be honest, but we will say this: the Malaysia-Vietnam encounter was far from being the first international match where anarchy and chaos triumphed over order. Here are some of the notable incidents...

Italy vs Croatia (November 1st, 2014)

Competition: Euro 2016 qualifier

During the match that finished 1-1 at San Siro, the match was temporarily halted in both halves as flares and fireworks were thrown from the stands down onto the pitch by both sets of fans. At one point, the players had to be taken off the pitch for 10 minutes by the referee for safety reasons.

Punishment(s): It has not been decided, but UEFA has confirmed both football associations will be charged.

Serbia vs Albania (October 14th, 2014)

Competition: Euro 2016 qualifier

An unsavoury melee between the players from both sides broke out after a drone, carrying a flag featuring Albanian national symbols, was taken down Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic. It soon escalated when a number of supporters entered the pitch, forcing the deployment of riot police and the abandonment of the match.

Punishment(s): Both sides were fined €100,000. At the same time, Serbia were awarded a 3-0 victory but were deducted three points and ordered to play their next two home qualifiers behind closed doors.