JOHOR BARU - Four rowdy football fans were detained here following a standoff between supporters of the Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) team and the police at the end of the first leg of the FA Cup semi-finals here.
Johor Baru (South) deputy police chief Supt Abdul Samad Salled said the four men, all in their 20s, were arrested for allegedly provoking the crowd at the Larkin Stadium here on Monday.
About 2,000 fans of the JDT team had reportedly blocked all exits for two hours at the stadium to prevent the visiting side from leaving after the match between their team and Pahang, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The two teams are due to meet again in the second leg in Kuantan on May 30
The Johor fans had demanded that the Pahang team apologise over an incident during a Super League match between the two teams in Kuantan in February.
More than a 1,000 policemen tried to calm the agitated fans but the crowd kept shouting and throwing vulgarities at the Pahang fans.
Some fans were seen checking the vehicles leaving the stadium to see if they were carrying Pahang fans. The police called for a representative each from JDT and Pahang to sort things out.
A while later, the representatives addressed the crowd and the Pahang representative apologised over the past incident in Kuantan and promised they would not retaliate.