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Malaysia urges Indonesia to ensure security at the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Malaysia urges Indonesia to ensure security at the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Malaysian Football Federation President (FAM) Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin has sent an "ultimatum" to Indonesia about the country's security for players and their team members during their march to Jakarta in group G match for the second qualifying round 2022 FIFA World Cup.

According to the New Straits Times, FAM Chairman said he had just contacted Indonesian Football Federation Secretary (PSSI) Ratu Tisha Destria to request security for the team. Mr. Hamidin reminded the PSSI side of remembering the incident of U23 Malaysia forced to put up an armored vehicle to their hotel after violent acts of crowd of fans encouraged the Indonesian home team in the final 2011 SEA Games men's football.

In this match, Indonesia's fans have thrown many dangerous objects into the Malaysia U23 team when the home team lost 3-4 on the 11m kick after the 1-1 draw in the main innings.

Malaysian and Indonesia football has been contradictory for more than a decade after several confrontation incidents in the regional tournament. In the AFF Cup 2010, Malaysia surpassed Indonesia after two rounds of the final (3-0 home win and 1-2 away at home) to win the most prestigious tournament in Southeast Asia for the first time.

However, the tension between the two countries' football was tense after that, because Indonesia accused Malaysian fans of shining their laser beams on their players. Most recently, Indonesian fans were reportedly throwing bottles and kicking at the Malaysian team in the semifinals of the U.19 South East Asian Championship at the Gelora Delta.

These incidents forced the head of FAM to request the Asian Football Federation (AFC) and the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) to ensure the safety of their teams and fans in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match.

The upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 at Gelora Bung Karno "fire pan" (capacity of more than 77,000 people)". There is no compromise, I called the PSSI Secretary General (Ratu Tisha Destria) and she made sure that everything would be under control. We often remind AFC and PSSI to make sure our team is safe”, Mr. Hamidin added.

Malaysia urges Indonesia to ensure security at the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Football violence in Indonesia is not only a concern for Malaysia, but also for the other three teams of Group G, UAE, Vietnam (Vietnam) and Thailand, heading for a trip to Jakarta. Among them, Vietnam will go to Gelora Bung Karno to play the third match of Group G on October 15th.

Indeed, the fear of violence has always been standing in Indonesian football for the past 1 year. Last month, Indonesia decided to suspend the nation's top prize indefinitely when the violence tended to rise after a fan of the Jakarta club Persija club was beaten to death before a match. This award has just been reorganized in April.

Indonesian football has been beset by problems of violence and power disputes in recent years; poor management, accusations of corruption and foreign players dying after being unpaid, cannot afford medical care... Previously, a series of disputes between the federation and the Indonesian Government led to FIFA banned this country from competing internationally in 2015. The ban was removed in 2017.