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Football Association of Malaysia slapped with heavy fine by AFC

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) came down hard on Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over a series of offences, including fan and player misconduct at the SEA Games in August and the Asian Cup qualifiers in September.

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FAM were fined a total of USD56,000 (RM236,908) after being found liable on six different charges from five matches.

The bulk of the fine was a consequence of insulting chants by Malaysian supporters group Ultras Malaya in Malaysia's SEA Games group matches against Brunei and Singapore. The group labelled their opponents as 'dogs', resulting in a USD15,000 fine for each match.

Crowd trouble at two other SEA Games matches – Malaysia vs Indonesia and Indonesia vs Cambodia – saw FAM fined USD12,500 in total

Crowd trouble at two other SEA Games matches – Malaysia vs Indonesia and Indonesia vs Cambodia – saw FAM fined USD7,500 and USD5,000 respectively. Fans at the Malaysia against Indonesia semi-final clash let off a sound bomb while there were bottles thrown into the pitch at the other match.

FAM were also fined USD7,500 for water bottles,caps and cups thrown at match officials when Malaysia faced Hong Kong at the Hang Jebat Stadium in September, and another USD6,000 for Harimau Malaya players harassing match officials at the end of the Asian Cup qualifier.

Malaysia coach Nelo Vingada, meanwhile, was fined USD5,000 for making "insulting comments" about match officials to the press following the 1-1 draw with Hong Kong.

Malaysia skipper Safiq Rahim was also docked USD1,000 following his red card in the return leg of the Hong Kong game in October.

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