PETALING JAYA: Malaysian football fans were pelted with metal objects and water bottles after Harimau Malaya edged Indonesia 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier match at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta tonight.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said that several Indonesian football fans tried to barge into the area reserved for Malaysian fans.
Syed Saddiq, who was at the stadium to watch the game, said the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will lodge an official complaint with world governing body FIFA.
“I will also lodge an official report with the Indonesian government and my counterpart,” he said in an Instagram post, adding he will fight for justice for Malaysians.
“We will not tolerate gangsterism in any event. The safety of the Malaysian players and fans are my priority.”
According to a Facebook post by Harimau Malaya, Malaysian fans were pelted with stones and provoked by angry Indonesian fans.
“Malaysian fans are being attacked,” it claimed.
Malaysia defeated Indonesia 3-2 in their Group G opener of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
Mohamadou Sumareh scored the country’s first goal in the 37th minute and the match-winner in the 97th minute.
Syafiq Ahmad, meanwhile, scored Malaysia’s second goal in the 66th minute.
Indonesia’s Alberto Goncalves scored a brace in the 12th and 39th minute.