Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Malaysian coach almost denied entry to watch Indonesia match in SEA Games

Malaysia's Sea Games football coach Ong Kim Swee was nearly ejected from the Gelora Bung Karno venue yesterday after ushers refused to let him watch Indonesia's match against Cambodia.
Kim Swee took his place in the VIP seating area following Malaysia's 0-0 draw with Singapore only to be told he had to vacate the area moments into the game's start.

They told Kim Swee, who was wearing the Malaysian Panthera jersey, to leave or take a seat in the terraces among the thousands of Indonesian fans in the stadium.

Kim Swee, however, stood his ground and said: "There was no way I was going to sit among the Indonesian spectators wearing a Malaysian jersey.
"I asked them to refer me to the organiser if they wanted me to leave. I refused to leave my seat as I had every right to watch the match," said Kim Swee, who stayed until half-time when Indonesia led 4-0. The hosts won 6-0.

The incident was just one of several to affect the Malaysian team with Kim Swee also forced to call off yesterday's two training sessions.

"They scheduled us to train at 8am at a field some two hours away from our hotel, which is just plain ridiculous.

"The evening session at 5.30 was supposed to be at the Bung Karno stadium but they said the floodlights would not be switched on. It would be pointless to train in the dark," said Kim Swee, who conducted a light session on the lawns of the team's hotel instead.

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