Malaysia football association fined $58,000 by FIFA

Malaysia football association fined $58,000 by FIFA

PETALING JAYA - FIFA's disciplinary committee has sanctioned the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) after serious crowd disturbances led to the abandonment of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia on Sept 8.

It said that the match be declared to be lost by forfeit by Malaysia (0-3).

In a statement on Monday, FIFA said the decision was made after analysing all the circumstances of the matter, in particular, the match officials' reports, FAM's positions as well as the relevant videos and pictures.

The committee also decided to impose a fine of CHF 40,000 (S$58,439) and issue FAM with a warning.

It said that due to the seriousness of the incident, the disciplinary committee decided that the next home match of the "A" representative team of Malaysia in the qualifying competition against UAE on Nov 17 will be played without spectators.

FAM were notified of FIFA's decision on Monday.

On Sept 8, Malaysia's World Cup qualifying Asian Zone Group A match against Saudi Arabia was halted before time after a group of supporters threw objects onto the pitch.

A group of fans known as Ultras Malaya launched flares and fireworks onto the pitch during the 87th minute.

Saudi were leading 2-1, with Malaysia's lone goal scored by Mohd Safiq Rahim in the 70th minute.

Some fireworks even reached the grandstand where fans were seated, causing them to run for cover.

At the same time, Saudi fans could be seen running to the èxits after some fans caused trouble in their stands.

The Ultras were apparently protesting against FAM over the 10-0 mauling by the UAE in an earlier match.

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