Crowd ruckus at Malaysia-Myanmar Youth match

The Asian Football Confederation has demanded a full report of the crowd disturbances during the Asian Youth qualifying match between Malaysia and Myanmar from the host, the Football Association of Malaysia. According to Rizal Hashim of the Malay Mail, a letter from the AFC reached FAM general secretary Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad’s office at Wisma FAM yesterday, ordering the national governing body to provide their version of events at the KLFA Stadium on 12 December.

Malaysia won 4-2 but when they had raced to an early 4-0 lead, disappointed Myanmar fans among the big crowd of 6,000 hurled plastic bottles onto the pitch. “Their unrest escalated into a clash with the Malaysian fans on the terraces, aided by the fact that there were no FRU personnel present to diffuse the situation. This has put FAM’s widely acknowledged organisational skills into question,” Hashim reported.

FAM general secretary Datuk Ibrahim was reportedly visibly upset with the crowd trouble, claiming the national body had requested more security presence from the police but they were all deployed for the ongoing ASEAN Summit.

AFC may impose severe disciplinary measures against FAM if the match commissioner’s report concludes that the national body had failed to take appropriate security measures to provide a safe environment for the audience during the match.