KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 (Bernama) — The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has pledged to offer all assistance and support needed by FIFA to investigate the abandoned Malaysia versus Saudi Arabia 2018 World Cup/2019 Asian Cup Qualifying match due to crowd trouble.
Its President, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said, the AFC was extremely disappointed with the events which took place at the Shah Alam Stadium, last night while taking such matters very serious.
“Football in Asia stands for fairness and integrity and the incident in Shah Alam does nothing to enhance the image of the game across not only our continent but also the rest of the world,” he said as quoted in the AFC website;www.the-afc.com, Wednesday.
“This sort of behaviour is deplored by all those who seek to protect the best interests of football in Asia and help us in our aim to be the game’s leading confederation,” Shaikh Salman added.
The match was called off by referee Liu Kwok Man from Hong Kong due to the wild actions of a handful of fans who threw flares and firecrackers on the pitch.
Liu had to stop the match in the 88th minute after a group of supporters, believed to be from ‘Ultras Malaya’, started to throw flares and firecrackers on the field, forcing players and officers to their respective changing rooms.
Saudi Arabia were leading Malaysia 2-1 before the match was called off by Liu following the actions of the local fans.