Football: Brickbats and memes after UAE massacre

Football: Brickbats and memes after UAE massacre
Football results between Malaysia and UAE.
PHOTO: Facebook

PETALING JAYA - Malaysians woke up to a football nightmare, with news of a 10-0 thrashing by the United Arab Emirates - the worst result ever for the national team.

The team is now under a barrage of criticism and ridicule.

Whether in casual conversations, on social networking sites or messaging applications, many could not believe the manner of Malay­sia's defeat.

Facebook user Bob Abidin suggested a pay cut for every player while Jebb Af Wahab said the performance warranted a place in a circus.

Others suggested the name of the team be changed from "Harimau Malaya" to "Hello Kitty" or "Pussycat Dolls".

Many memes were also widely circulated, with one of the most popular being that of a Malaysia Book of Records certificate for the biggest defeat in an international match.

Another meme was that of the difficulty setting in the FIFA15 video game. In this meme, Malaysia was placed below "VERY EASY".

While some saw the lighter side of the defeat, many others were just angry.

Taking the brunt were Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and coach Dollah Salleh.

Sainizahra Abdulrahim said fans should boycott Malaysia's matches.

"It is pitiful to the fans who want to support their team, the standard which don't differ much from the playground," he lamented on FAM's Facebook page.

Zulhilmi Kamal asked if the office bearers in FAM were waiting for a 36-0 loss before they quit.

"There is no excuse for all of you to stay in FAM unless you don't know how to feel shame," he said.

Facebook user Dave Benjamin said there was a need for a complete overhaul of FAM from top to bottom.

There were also those who pleaded with the fans to keep on supporting the team.

Naresh Khanna said it was typical that many were quick to condemn the team when Malaysia lost.

Azuan Ahmad Zahdi said on Twitter that he would support the team regardless of the results.

"Win or lose, I will continue to be at the stadium. Next match this Tuesday. Selamanya (Forever)," he said.

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