Deduct points for football violence, says Khairy


NIBONG TEBAL: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have been urged to use new methods of keeping the behaviour of football supporters in check, following the commotion at Perak Stadium last night.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the method of imposing monetary penalties on teams whose supporters behaved poorly was no longer effective.

He said the penalties were usually paid by the team or the club, but the problems still persisted.

“I would like to propose to the FAM to consider deducting the points of teams whose supporters create a commotion in the stadium,” he told reporters after opening an Umno delegates meeting here today.

He said the proposed method might work as supporters would realise that their actions could cause their team to lose points.

Three people including a photographer were injured in a clash between the supporters of Perak and Johor Darul Ta’zim in a Super League match yesterday.

Khairy said the FAM should also improve security in tense filled matches to avoid untoward incidents from occurring.

“I do not want to see these things being repeated and hope that the FAM’s security committee will take serious action to address this matter,” he said.

Khairy said provocation from any party cannot be justified as a reason to attack other supporters.

He said he would also request reports from the police and the FAM on what transpired at Perak Stadium yesterday.