Friday, 16 September 2011

Perak in trouble over crowd disturbances

The Malaysia Cup match between the state and Kedah was halted for about 10 minutes at the Perak Stadium on Tuesday when some fans lit firecrackers and threw confetti onto the field.

Linesman Mohd Faisal Sood complained to referee Kamal Ahmad about the antics of the fans.

The incident occurred after Perak scored the winning goal for a 2-1 victory in the 36th minute. It is the first time such disturbances happened at the stadium.

The game was temporarily stopped for match officials to assess the situation. A public announcement was made to the fans to stop their unruly behaviour.

Rela personnel were seen picking up the confetti. The game resumed later with Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel stationed at an entrance and Rela members at the tracks near the field.

Police also picked up a young fan for questioning.

Perak FA president Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharudin said: " It is beyond our control... it is an unfortunate incident."

"We do not want to impose stringent checks on the fans to look for weapons and other dangerous substances when they go into to the stadium .

"The fans will not be in favour and feel uncomfortable with such checks... they are only at the stadium to watch a game.

"However we will do our best to ensure the safety of the fans and players.

It is only a small section of the crowd that had created such disturbances. I appeal to all fans and supporters to behave and enjoy the game. Otherwise, their unruly behaviour will only cause a tense situation."

The Perak FA had submitted an explaination to the FAM.

The team have already lost five key players for the rest of the season through suspension after they used obscene language against the referee in a Super League match against Sabah at the Lumut Stadium on May 19.

Perak collected seven points from three games in Group A to enhance their quarter-final chances.

Perak could find itself earning the wrath of FAM

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