Flares thrown at Malaysian fans at World Cup qualifier

The scene at the World Cup qualifier match at the Bukit Jalil stadium tonight after flares were allegedly thrown at Malaysian fans. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: An otherwise peaceful World Cup qualifier between Malaysia and Indonesia here tonight was marred after flares were apparently thrown at local fans.

Based on video clips making the rounds on social media, the first flare which emitted red smoke was flung after Malaysia took the lead in the 29th minute through forward Muhammad Safawi Rasid.

According to Bernama, a second flare was thrown towards Malaysian supporters after the match ended.

Malaysia beat Indonesia 2-0, with both goals scored by Safawi.

Last month, Indonesia’s national football association was fined US$45,000 by Fifa over crowd trouble during a World Cup qualifier against Malaysia in September.

Malaysian fans were threatened and pelted with projectiles during the visiting side’s 3-2 win.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who was at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium then, said several Indonesian football fans had tried to barge into the area reserved for Malaysian fans.