KUALA LUMPUR: The Indonesian authorities has apologised to Malaysia over the unruly behaviour of followers on the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium throughout the tense Indonesia-Malaysia soccer match yesterday night time.
The apology and expression of remorse over the misconduct of Indonesian supporters have been conveyed by the nation’s Youth and Sports activities Minister Imam Nahrawi throughout a face-to-face assembly with Youth and Sports activities Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Information of the assembly at a lodge in Jakarta was shared by Syed Saddiq on his Instagram account and Imam’s Fb web page yesterday, the place each recorded a video collectively.
“Within the title of the administration and supporters, Indonesia apologises to all Malaysians for the incident at GBK final night time, and he (Syed Saddiq) has accepted our apology.
“He additionally hoped for simply motion to be taken in opposition to the offenders who had blemished the picture of the sport.
“Soccer will unite us at all times, and we’ll handle our relationship with our Malaysian household eternally,” Imam stated within the video.
Syed Saddiq in return, expressed his appreciation for Imam’s assertion of apology and hoped for a radical and honest investigation to be carried out.
“We need to be sure that Malaysia and Indonesia will eternally be collectively,” he stated.
“Don’t let a number of dangerous apples injury our friendship.”
In reply, Imam stated: “We are going to at all times be collectively”.
On Thursday, Syed Saddiq tweeted that the Soccer Affiliation of Malaysia (FAM) can be submitting a proper criticism to the Worldwide Soccer Federation (Fifa) on the incident, including that he would personally lodge a proper criticism with the Indonesian authorities.
Through the match, Harimau Malaya went head-to-head with the Garuda squad within the Group G match for the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup Second Qualifying Spherical.
Nonetheless, the showdown was marred by rioting by a portion of the 50,000 Indonesian followers, who threw bottles, flares and items of metallic from the higher part of the stadium onto Malaysian followers.
The incident pressured South Korean referee, Ko Hyungjin, to cease the play for nearly 10 minutes when each groups have been tied at 2-2.
The match resumed as soon as the state of affairs was introduced underneath management and Malaysia ultimately scored a dramatic Three-2 win over Indonesia – a triumph which noticed Harimau Malaya, underneath coach Tan Cheng Hoe, earn three factors from the sport.
It was reported that two Malaysians have been injured throughout the incident.
One broke his arm attributable to a fall as he was attempting to flee the commotion, and the opposite sustained a head damage when a bottle was thrown at him.
Each acquired medical therapy at a hospital in Jakarta.
Following that, Malaysians took to social media to precise remorse over the incident, with a Twitter person, @HensemAbu calling on Fifa to take acceptable motion.
“Expensive Fifa. Kindly have a look and take motion accordingly. #ultrasmalaya #HarimauMalaya #indonesiavsmalaysia,” he wrote.
One other social media person who goes by Twitter deal with @aimanNorpandi stated: “Due to Indonesian followers for throwing bottles and rocks at our followers in order that the officers might give us eight+ damage time, lengthy sufficient for us to make an epic comeback at your house floor #IndonesiaVsMalaysia,”
One other Twitter person Afiq Rodzi expressed hope that Malaysian supporters wouldn’t behave the identical method when the Garuda come for the return leg in Kuala Lumpur in November.
“Hopefully, Malaysian supporters wouldn’t do the identical in Bukit Jalil. We’re method higher than that! #SelamanyaHarimauMalaya,” stated Afiq who goes by Twitter deal with @fiqrodz96.
The Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) in a quick assertion criticised the brawl whereas expressing disappointment over the reported accidents sustained by followers from each groups.
“AFC stresses that soccer in Asia stands for equity and integrity.
“Such incidents don’t have any place in soccer and it does nothing to reinforce the picture of the sport throughout not solely our continent, but additionally the remainder of the world,” stated AFC.
Fracas have occurred on a lot of events when the Malaysian and Indonesian soccer groups clashed.
In July final 12 months, the Malaysian soccer crew have been attacked with stones and bottles by Indonesian followers within the semi-final of the AFF Beneath-19 Cup at Stadium Gelora Delta in Sidoarjo, Indonesia.
The incident occurred after the Harimau Malaya crew beat the Garuda squad Three-2 on penalties. The 2 groups have been tied at 1-1 after additional time.