The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has set a deadline for the Football Association of Malaysia to respond to a following hooliganism during the AFF Cup first leg semi-final between Malaysia and Vietnam.
FAM have seven days to respond and the AFF competition committee will deliberate before deciding on any action, The Star quoted AFF secretary general Azzuddin Ahmad as saying Tuesday.
“Winning and losing is part of the game and we should accept the result instead of being sore losers,” he said.
“I’m disappointed with the incident ... the other countries in the region don’t have this problem. I don’t want to speculate on what punishment will be meted out ... it can be a fine or a suspension.”
Meanwhile, secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin of the Football Association of Malaysia confirmed with The Star that police have arrested five people for their involvement in the fracas.
“A police report had been made on the incident and the police are expected to make more arrests,” he said.
“We have written to the Vietnam Football Association (VFA) and Vietnam embassy to apologize over the incident. We have spoken to the VFA and they have assured that security will be paramount in the second leg.”
Earlier, Selangor police said they were looking for 12 individuals involved.
Selangor CID chief SAC Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah was quoted by the New Strait Times as saying that the 12 Malaysian supporters are believed to be involved in the incident which injured several Vietnam supporters.
"We are now looking for the 12 individuals to complete our investigation papers. This case is investigated according to Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting,” he said.
A photo of some extreme fans posted by Malaysian police. Selangor police said they were looking for 12 individuals involved in the incident which injured several Vietnam supporters during an AFF Suzuki Cup match between Malaysia and Vietnam.