SHAH ALAM, 8 Sept (Bernama) — Malaysia’s fourth match in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifying campaign against Saudi Arabia at the Shah Alam Stadium here tonight was stopped due to the wild actions of a handful of fans who threw flares and firecrackers on the pitch.
Match referee, Liu Kwok Man of Hong Kong had to stop the match in 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 stopped by Liu following the actions of local fans.
Harimau Malaya midfielder, Safiq Rahim put the national squad ahead in the 70th minute before Taiseer Al-Jasaam equalised two minutes later.
Saudi Arabia took the lead from a header by Mohammed Al-Sahlawi in the 76th minute.
In the wake of what happened a Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) official stated that FIFA would be issuing an official statement on result of the match.