ALOR SETAR – The Kedah Football Association (KFA) today clarified that there was nothing sinister in the sale of tickets for the Malaysia Cup final against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) as claimed by some fans after tickets were sold out in 45 minutes after counters opened at the Darul Aman Stadium yesterday.
KFA deputy president Datuk Paduka Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah said ticket sales for the Malaysia Cup final between Kedah and JDT on Saturday was carried out in a transparent manner.
According to Syed Unan, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) had allocated 34,000 tickets to Kedah and from the total 4,000 tickets were sold online and the remaining 30,000 tickets were sold offline.
He said 17,600 tickets were allocated to 400 permit bus operators, 1,800 to 36 KFA affiliates, 1,200 tickets to players and officials, 700 tickets to KFA executive members, 500 tickets to sponsors and 200 tickets to staff of KFA.
“Therefore, 22,000 tickets were reserved for 400 permit bus and KFA. The balance of 8,000 tickets were sold at the counters of the stadium since 9am yesterday. Since each ticket was priced at RM50, the transactions were carried out smoothly and fast since there was no time wasted in providing small change.
“That was the reason why the tickets were sold out within 45 minutes and not as claimed by some that KFA had retained the tickets,” he told reporters at Wisma Darul Aman, today.
Yesterday, thousands of fans had gathered at the KFA office near the Darul Aman Stadium to express their disappointment after failing to secure tickets for the Malaysia Cup final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
He said KFA had followed the same procedure as last year whereby 8,000 tickets were sold over the counters while the remaining tickets distributed in a similar fashion.
Syed Unan added that the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) had arrived at the KFA office following reports that there was no transparency in the sales of tickets.
“We are ready to assist the MACC,” he said.
Meanwhile, KFA honorary secretary Datuk Aminuddin Omar said though KFA had always valued the support from fans, the association would not be able to fulfill the demand for tickets from all the fans since the allocation was limited.