Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – 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