Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fans clash with police after Pahang-Johor DT football match postponed

Pahang supporters flooding the stadium during the Pahang-Johor DT football match at the Darul Makmur Stadium.

The FA Cup second-leg semifinal match between Pahang and Johor Darul Takzim at the Darul Makmur Stadium here tonight turned chaotic when the game was postponed due to overcrowding and unruly fans.

The game was earlier delayed when the stadium with 35,000 capacity, could not accommodate the huge turnout of fans, believed to be around 42,000, causing them to spillover and occupy the track area.

When FA of Malaysia assistant secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Fuad Daud made the official announcement of a postponement at 10.45pm, many of the disgruntled fans entered the field and clashed with the police personnel.

Some of them had also hurled objects, including mineral water bottles, into the pitch when the Johor DT fans gathered in the middle of the field.

It is learnt that several Johor DT fans were injured when those outside the stadium pelted stones into the stadium.

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Earlier, FA of Malaysia president the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah had to go down to the tracks to meet the Pahang supporters and asked them to vacate the area for the match to begin.

While the Pahang players remained on the pitch for the game to begin, the Johor DT players disappeared into the dressing room.

Unruly fans had also thrown fire crackers on the tracks, forcing the Federal Reserve Unit and police personnel to march in control the situation.

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