Pahang players and officials blocked from leaving Stadium Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos by the fans, after Monday night's FA Cup semi final match
BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Despite the attempt to temper the high emotions surrounding the first leg match of the FA Cup semi-final fixture between JDT and Pahang, the match which finished 1-1 still ended on a tense note, off the pitch.
After the final whistle, Pahang players and officials were blocked from leaving the stadium compound by the home fans, numbering in the thousands.
The blockade happened despite the efforts of the local police to get the JDT fans to disperse. The team could only vacate the area at around 1 am, after a discussion between the police and JDT fans, and the buses they were travelling in were reported to be escorted by the police up until the highway.
The Star reported that the fans did so with the intention of demanding an apology from the team over the assault on JDT fans by Tok Gajah supporters, when the two sides met in Kuantan February this year for an MSL fixture.
Matches between the two sides have been a hotbed for crowd trouble in recent years, which could be traced back to the same fixture in last year's competition, when overcrowding of Stadium Darul Makmur led to JDT players refusing to play, their fans being attacked, and the suspension of the match which then had to be held to Bukit Jalil.
This year, the February MSL fixture between the two sides at the same venue was marred by crowd violence, this time with the away fans returning the favour. A group of trouble-seeking JDT fans provoked and assaulted the home fans after the match, in full view of the media and the press.
Apart from the return fixture of the semi-final match set to be played at the end of May, the two sides will meet in Johor Bahru once again on 16 May for their MSL fixture. It remains to be seen whether all the attention will be solely on the action on the pitch.