Crowd trouble brings Malaysia game against Saudi Arabia to halt

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The and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers between and on Tuesday night was abandoned due to crowd troubles at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor.

Flares and smoke bombs were thrown on to the field, with smoke filling the ground as the players left the pitch, and did not return with three minutes remaining, when the West Asian side were leading 2-1.

Harimau Malaya led 1-0 when Safiq Rahim scored in the 70th minute but the visitors equalised three minutes later through Taisir Al-Jassim and took the lead after 76 minutes when Mohammed Al-Sahlawi scored.

The crowd problems came out as a protest from supporters to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) following poor display recently, which also saw a disastrous 10-0 defeat to UAE last week.

Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin slammed the fans and blamed the FAM, saying it had failed to control the situation.

“FAM lost control of their own stadium. Fans throwing flares were wrong. Both at fault tonight,” he said in a tweet on his personal account.

Following the incident, FIFA will decide the outcome of the match. Malaysia are scheduled to continue their qualifying campaign in an away game against Timor Leste on October 13.