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FA Cup final: Trouble from the...

This time, the action was confined to the pitch.

Police have praised Kelantan and Singapore supporters as the FA Cup final match on Saturday ended at about 11pm with no untoward incidents reported.

The LionsXII beat Kelantan 3-1 to bag the FA Cup for the first time.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Chong Kok Sin said the 85,000 odd fans at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil had conducted themselves well.

It was a far cry from what happened when the LionsXII won against Terengganu in the second leg of their semi-final last week.

Terengganu vs LionXII: Riot police were called in after angry fans vented their frustration on and off the pitch. PHOTO: TNP/ BENJAMIN SEETOR

The May 16 clash was marred by crowd trouble after officials disallowed a crucial goal, ruling that it was offside.

Irate Terengganu fans - whose side crashed out of the FA Cup on away goals despite beating the LionsXII 3-2 in their home leg of the Malaysian FA Cup semi-finals - went on the rampage.

Rioters torched stadium property, threw stones at the car of the state's Chief Minister Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman and attacked the LionsXII fans and their bus.

Angry fans also burned an ambulance, tore plastic seats from the stands and destroyed a glass door at the entrance.

Fire rising from an ambulance that rioters torched.  PHOTO: THE STAR 


But at yesterday's final, criminal activity was confined to police arresting fake ticket sellers.

ACP Chong confirmed that two men, aged 20 and 26, were nabbed for allegedly peddling fake tickets at the stadium's main entrance.

Two members of the public alerted an on-duty Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) officer of the incident at about 3.10pm yesterday.

He said: “The FAM officer went to the spot where the suspects were allegedly selling fake tickets and apprehended them.

“Upon inspection, he found 165 fake tickets in the men’s possession. The tickets all had the same ‘0019092’ serial number.” 

Sources: Star Online, TNP


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