Saudi ambassador to report to Malaysia foreign affairs ministry over football ruckus

Saudi ambassador to report to Malaysia foreign affairs ministry over football ruckus
A policeman watches fans waving flares during the Malaysia-Saudi Arabia match.
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Flares and fireworks on a football pitch are things they did not expect to happen, not even for Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Malaysia Fahad Abdullah Al-Rashid.

But after Tuesday night's match between his country and Malaysia was abandoned after fans threw flares, Fahad said his mission will do whatever to report the incident that marred the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Group A match at the Shah Alam Stadium.

"We will deal with Wisma Putra. We will write to them," he said to reporters at the stadium late Tuesday.

Malaysia had taken a one goal lead after which Saudi Arabia scored two quick goals late into the game. in the 87th minute, several fans than created a ruckus and threw flares from the stands.

Fahad said he did not expect such an incident to happen and always regarded Malaysians as their friend.

"Malaysians are friendly and this was unexpected," he said.

When asked if the Saudi Arabian government will allow their footballers and athletes to participate in any sports tournament here, he said his government will have to decide on the next action.

Several Saudi Arabian football fans claim they were attacked during the match, at the stands and outside the stadium. Some claimed they were attacked by several masked men armed with sticks.

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