KUALA LUMPUR - The Vietnamese Government has assured the safety of Malaysian fans during the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final match at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on Friday.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Pham Cao Phong said Malaysian fans should not fear attending the match although Dec 7 fracas, which happened during the first leg at the Shah Alam Stadium, was regrettable.
"The thing which happened in Shah Alam Stadium was very sad, and we are also very sad that some Vietnamese (fans) were beaten up by some Malaysians.
"But, we (had) received a phone call from Khairy Jamaluddin (Youth and Sports Minister), (and) during the talk, we spoke about it.
"We guarantee that when Malaysians come to Vietnam, they are welcome.
"Vietnam is a friendly country while Malaysia is very close to us ... our neighbour and brother in the ASEAN family," he told Bernama here on Wednesday.
Phong was asked to comment on the recent attack by Malaysian fans on a number of Vietnamese fans during the Dec 7 match.
So far, five people have surrendered to the police after the authorities issued photographs of 11 people to help in investigations.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah said the five were released after they were questioned on Tuesday.
Police are now looking for 10 more individuals who are believed to be involved in the incident.
The Vietnamese media earlier reported that the authorities would enhance security during the second leg match in Hanoi by deploying more than 300 bodyguards hired by the Vietnam Football Federation and 1,000 policemen in the event of a "counter-strike" by local fans.