FFT’s Five Finds: JDT juggernaut keeps rolling as hooliganism haunts Malaysia again
Hooliganism back in the headlines in Malaysia
The FA Cup was not very romantic on Friday as Perak and Kuala Lumpur met in the second leg of the quarter-final in Ipoh. There were reports of trouble after the final whistle as fans threw stones and rocks at each other. Before the end there had been fireworks and explosions, seemingly coming from the Kuala Lumpur end.
This is not the only recent outbreak of violence at the club who were fined 25,000 Malaysian Ringgit in March in response to the trouble that followed a Malaysia Super League loss to Selangor. There were also issues in 2015.
Perak need to put their house in order and the Football Association of Malaysia needs to make sure that this happens. There has to be zero-tolerance for violence. The passion for the beautiful game in Malaysia is a huge strength but that passion can not be allowed to turn into something ugly.
It is not just Perak. All clubs have to work together with the FAM and law enforcement agencies to make Malaysian football a safe place to be for all.
The result of the game? Oh. It was a win for Perak but more of the same off the field and the whole game loses.
Chonburi are bouncing back
There were a few fears expressed when Chonburi were thrashed 9-0 by FC Tokyo in a play-off for the 2016 Asian Champions League in February especially as Therdsak Chaiman was a rookie coach. The start to the Premier League of Thailand was OK but four points from the opening three games, all at home, was not quite what fans wanted.
Doubts have been dispelled however with two fine wins and seven goals in the space of three days.The first was a 4-1 thrashing of Chainat Hornbill on the road, helped by a welcome Prakit Deeprom double. Then came a comfortable 3-0 dismissal of Ostospa on Saturday.
OK, neither of these teams have set the league alight so far but they have confidence returning to Chonburi and the Sharks are circling nicely in sixth place now, just three points behind the leaders.