Tuesday, July 02, 2013

FAM Views Release Of Flares, Firecrackers At Stadium Seriously

KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Bernama) -- The action of fans to burn firecrackers and release flares during the FA Cup final between Kelantan and Johor Darul Takzim at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday, has come under the scrutiny of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

Newly appointed FAM Secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said such incidents should not have happened because flares and firecrackers were prohibited from stadiums since it endangered the safety of fans.

"Fans should be more responsible and not bring firecrackers or flares. The FAM views such incidents seriously," he told reporters after taking over the hot seat at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, near here, today.

A local daily had reported that firecrackers and flares were released by fans from both teams although such items were barred from the stadium while fans had claimed that no announcement was made at the stadium to stop such activities.

On July 28, 2011, a fan, Ahmad Jazimin Jalaluddin, was blinded by firecrackers during a pre-Olympic match between Malaysia and Singapore at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

FAM were later fined RM15,820 by the international football governing body, FIFA, for 'crowd disturbance'.

Hamidin who assumed the role of Secretary-general today admitted that curbing such activities would not be an easy task but the FAM would go all out to avoid such incidents.

"Security was tight and we screened fans while entering the stadium but I must admit it will be very difficult to stop such activities. We will make sure any 'holes' along the fences are closed," he said.

Hamidin said the FAM had also advised all state FAs to ensure firecrackers are not let off of flares released at their respective stadiums.

Meanwhile, FAM's ticketing and gates committee chairman Datuk S. Sivasundram said the FAM were considering the prospect of printing numbers for the seats to avoid fans being cheated.

Johor Darul Takzim fans were reported to have suffered losses amounting to RM162,600 after an agent had promised to supply 3,165 tickets for the FA Cup final.

He added that seat numbers may be printed on the tickets to avoid similar incidents.

-- BERNAMA

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