Furious Kelantan fans ignite flares after 11-2 loss [NSTTV]

KUALA LUMPUR: Kelantan fans, who were left furious by their team's 11-2 thrashing by Selangor, set off flares outside the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Baru yesterday.

The fans had earlier formed an "upset emoji face" in the stands.

Several videos of the fans lighting flares at the stadium's car park and chanting for Kelantan FC owner Norizam Tukiman to leave the club have gone viral.

The heavy defeat left Kelantan goalkeeper Irfan Haikal Mohd Iffendi dropping to the ground and inconsolable after the final whistle. He had to be carried off the pitch by teammates.

Kelantan chief executive officer Ahmad Muzakkir Hamid said on social media that they will take responsibility for the embarrassing loss.

This is the third time in a fortnight that the former treble winners suffered a heavy defeat.

On Aug 14, Kelantan were whipped 8-0 by Terengganu in the Super League and five days later, Kelantan lost 10-0 to Johor Darul Ta'zim in the Malaysia Cup.

Kelantan are currently 13th in the 14-team league with two wins, two draws and 17 defeats. They conceded 87 Super League goals.

There have been allegations of poor management at Kelantan, which have led to fans demanding that Norizam leave the club by selling it to others.

The businessman is blamed by Kelantan fans following allegations of unpaid salaries to players. Kelantan have sacked two coaches, South Korean Choi Moon Sik and German Frank Bernhardt.

Norizam has blamed the FA of Malaysia for Kelantan not being able to register new foreign players in the second transfer window from July 5-Aug 1 due to technical problems with the Transfer Matching System (TMS). Kelantan have been playing with only one import - Indonesian Natanael Siringo Ringo.

Norizam had said he was willing to let go of the club as long as he got back the amount that he had invested in Kelantan in the last four seasons. He had earlier settled Kelantan FA's debt of RM3.8 million.

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