Malaysia arrest 11 fans over disturbance at World Cup qualifier ِagainst Saudi Arabia

Malaysia arrest 11 fans over disturbance at World Cup qualifier ِagainst Saudi Arabia
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Published September 9th, 2015 - 15:01 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Source: MBC Pro Sports
Source: MBC Pro Sports

Malaysian police arrested 11 football fans after flares and firecrackers were thrown onto the pitch during a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, police said Wednesday.

Malaysian football fans allegedly threw those and other objects a few minutes before the end of the World Cup qualifying Asian Zone Group A match late Tuesday, Shah Alam police chief Shafien Mamat said.

Police were investigating allegations that several Saudi Arabia supporters were injured, he said. Saudi Arabia won the match 2-1.

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin lambasted the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). "FAM lost control of their own stadium," he tweeted. "Fans throwing flares were wrong. Both at fault tonight."

Malaysia's football association has also been under fire over the poor performance of the national team in World Cup qualifying games.

In its first three matches, Malaysia only managed a 1-1 draw with lowly Timor Leste, received a 6-0 thrashing against Palestine and suffered a humiliating 10-0 loss to United Arab Emirates earlier in the week.

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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