Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Do Not Turn Stadiums Into War Zones - Tengku Abdullah

KUANTAN, March 4 (Bernama) -- The Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) Deputy President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah urged those who have issues with the national body to resolve their problems amicably instead of turning stadiums into war zones.

Tengku Abdullah said the FAM need to find ways to solve issues with fan clubs or any others, to avoid disruption at stadiums during matches, especially when the national team is in action.

"I do not want to aggravate the situation further but I hope the FAM and Ultras Malaya (a fan club) can find ways and means to ensure there will not be a repeat of the recent incident at the Selayang Stadium," he said.

On March 1, members of the Ultras Malaya fan club had allegedly set off flares and firecrackers when Malaysia were playing a friendly match against the Philippines, forcing the match to be stopped for eight minutes.

Their action was said to be a mark of protest against the FAM leadership.

Tengku Abdullah said the incident could also result in the FAM coming under the scrutiny of FIFA.

"This is not a healthy trend and must be stopped," he said after receiving RM2.6 million (tithe) from Tabung Haji Pahang, at Istana Abdul Aziz, here today.

-- BERNAMA

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