Monday, 23 January 2012

Negri Sembilan and Felda United are in trouble for ugly scenes

Negri Sembilan and Felda United are in hot water for the free-for-all after their Super League match at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi on Saturday.

Nine-man Negri won 1-0 but the ill-tempered match saw two red cards flashed during the game and a third after the final whistle. Shahurain Abu Samah scored the winner in the 57th minute but the talking point was the fracas which has gone viral on YouTube.

During the match, referee Azman Jamaludin flashed eight yellow cards (four per team) and red-carded Negri Sembilan’s Farid Ramli (first half added time) and S. Kunalan (61st minute) as well as Felda’s Hardi Jaafar after the final whistle.

The match also saw Felda striker Yong Kuong Yong rushed to hospital after clashing with Negri goalkeeper Badrulzaman Abdul Halim. The former Kuala Lumpur player is reported to have fractured his ribs.

It was an ugly scene as the players clashed after the match and the Negri supporters jeered and threw water bottles at the Felda players as they headed to the changing room.

One bottle hit Felda goalkeeper Mohd Hamsani Ahmad’s face, prompting some of the players to climb into the grandstand to confront the fans.

Felda United assistant manager Faisal Zakariah said he would lodge an official complaint on the referee’s handling of the match.

“We are not happy with the referee as he clearly failed to take control of the game,” said Faizal.

“We will also report that our player was struck by a water bottle thrown by the fans. Our supporters tried to nab the person responsible but they were caught by the police.

“Our players actually climbed the fence to apprehend the culprit but it made the situation worse.”

Negri coach Azraai Khor Abdullah declined to comment on the refereeing, only saying his side had played well.

“What happened after the match is bad for the country’s image. Let FAM decide on the next course of action.” said Azraai.

“The team did better with Shukor Adan orchestrating play in midfield. We created a lot of chances but were denied by Hamsani.”

Azraai said he did not expect international Kunalan to react to the provocation and get sent off.

“I have told the players to stay cool at all times. It was certainly a surprise to see Kunalan, of all people, being expelled.”

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