Chaos in Kuantan as Pahang fans demand Razip’s expulsion

Rotting at the bottom of the Malaysia Super League (MSL) standings, Pahang fans protested by demanding Razip Ismail’s sacking during the Elephant’s Malaysia Cup tie against Kuala Lumpur (KL).

Pahang fans interrupted the Elephants’ Malaysia Cup penultimate round tie against Kuala Lumpur with flares and smokebombs at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday.

The match was halted for a couple of minutes after Police put out the flares and smoke bombs and arrested six individuals

The incident was Malaysia’s second fans related trouble in as many weeks after tensions rose in the Perak-Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) clash last week.

In Kuantan, Pahang defeated KL 2-1 but were knocked out of the Malaysia Cup as Selangor comfortably disposed Kelantan 4-1 in Kota Bahru in the other tie.

The fans displayed their frustration of Pahang’s poor performance this year by lighting flares and throwing smoke bombs towards the pitch area during the match as a sign of protest towards Razip, who took charge of the team from Ahmad Shaharuddin Rosdi in March.

The match was halted for a couple of minutes late in the second-half after Police put out the flares, smoke bombs and arrested six individuals.

Pahang, who are also bottom of the MSL standings, are in third in Group B with six points but Selangor and Kelantan have an unassailable lead at the top (10 points).

Selangor, who recorded their second win in a row after sacking Zainal Abidin Hassan last weekend, are top of the group but are level on points with Kelantan.

In Kota Bahru, Selangor raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening 30 minutes with goals from Abdul Hadi Yahya, R. Gopinathan and Patrick Wleh. Kelantan pulled one back from the spot through Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria before the break but Gopi restored a three-goal lead in the 57th minute.

Selangor and Kelantan, who visit KL and Pahang respectively on August 20, still have top spot to play for.

In Group D, Malaysia Premier League (MPL) leaders Malacca earned a lifeline after defeating Negri Sembilan 2-0 at Hang Jebat Stadium.

Malacca must defeat Terengganu and hope Felda United, who whipped their upcoming opponents 3-0 in the other tie, defeat Negri in Paroi in the finale next week.

Photo: Football Malaysia LLP