PUTRAJAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin is optimistic there will be no recurrence of the incident where foreign football fans were attacked by a few locals during the upcoming 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final between Malaysia and Thailand at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Dec 20.
“I am confident the police and FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) will tighten security after this. If the supporters see others acting in a violent manner, calm them down. Everyone has to play their role,” said the Youth and Sports Minister.
He said all parties responsible would have learnt a lesson from the incident at the Shah Alam Stadium on Dec 7.
He said the irresponsible actions of a few during the Malaysia-Vietnam semi-final match had tarnished Malaysia’s image at international level.
Khairy also suggested that police conduct security checks outside the fences of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium during the upcoming match.
He said he had observed that security checks were only done inside the stadium fences during the Malaysia Cup final at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in October, which allowed certain fans to sneak in fireworks and flares into the venue.
Malaysia qualified for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final by defeating Vietnam on a 5-4 aggregate score.
The first leg of the final will take place at the Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok on Wednesday, and the return leg in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20. – Bernama