KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman will head to Jakarta Friday night to meet with Indonesian officials to discuss the safety of the Malaysian Under-19 football team in the country.
Syed Saddiq issued a statement earlier today following fan violence during Malaysia’s AFF Cup Under-19 match against Indonesia at the Gelora Delta Sidoarjo Stadium on Thursday.
Malaysia won 3-2 on penalties after both teams drew 1-1 in extra time.
"The fans were not happy that their team lost and they provoked the Malaysian team after the game. As a result, they needed to be escorted by the police and left the stadium an hour late," said Saddiq.
"I am scheduled to travel to Indonesia tonight for work purposes and will use the opportunity to meet and discuss with them regarding this incident.
"This is important as the Malaysian contingent will be competing in the Indonesia Asian Games in August."
Saddiq, however, commended the Indonesian authorities who were quick to control the situation and protect the Malaysian players and officials.
"Malaysia, however, views this incident seriously as the safety of the athletes is always a priority wherever they are.
"For now, Indonesia have assured that they will improve the quality of security ahead of the final, and that they will take action against those who act irresponsibly."
Malaysia will face two-time champions Myanmar in the final on Saturday.