The change of the FA Cup final venue to Shah Alam Stadium was not well-received by the Pahang Football Association.
BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
The Local Organising Committee recently announced that the original venue, National Stadium Bukit Jalil is not ready for a football match and they have changed the venue to Shah Alam stadium, which can fill up to 70,000 people.
The Vice-President of PFA, Datuk Akbar Abu admitted that they were surprised with the decision as they expected to play at the “Wembley of Malaysia” instead.
According to The Star, Akbar said “We had anticipated that we would be playing at the national stadium, which obviously can accommodate more people.”
Akbar also mentioned that it would be difficult for them to distribute only 30,000 tickets to the fans as they would be more people who would want to come for the historic final.
“We have 14 districts all over the state and we must find a way to distribute the tickets. It’s really disappointing that we are not able to have our fans come in full force for the final,” he added.
Both teams are also expected to have a drop in revenue from the gate receipts, in which they will share equally.
According to the LOC, 30,000 tickets will be given to Pahang and 30,000 tickets to Felda United. Another 10,000 tickets will be available for purchase through online.
Pahang and Felda United will face off this Satuday to determine who is the FA Cup champions after they defeated Kelantan and JDT respectively in the semi-finals.