The crunch match between the hosts, who lead the Malaysian Super League, and their second-placed opponents has been given the go-ahead in spite of concerns over poor air quality
Despite the worsening haze situation in Singapore, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has decided to continue with its scheduled Malaysia Super League (MSL) matches this weekend.
The decision was revealed after FAM held an emergency meeting to discuss the matter on Friday afternoon.
It means that fans will be able to watch the much-anticipated clash between league leaders LionsXII and star-studded Johor Darul Takzim on June 22, Saturday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Although there were signs that the match might be postponed to a later date, Darul Takzim coach Fandi Ahmad had earlier expressed his desire to see the match continue as traditionally, all footballing activities are stopped during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan, which starts on July 10.
In the press statement released by FAM following their emergency meeting, they indicated that for teams who are playing in a venue where the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) level is above 100, both sides have to sign an indemnity form prior to kick-off. Matches that are scheduled for a 4.45p.m kickoff are advised to be played at 8.45p.m as well.
FAM also added that the clash between LionsXII and Darul Takzim can still be played due to the following conditions.
“The match is of utmost importance to decide their league standings and match tickets have sold out," the statement read.
“The match is held at night in which the level of haze is lower than in the day.
“Should there be a need to postpone the match, FAM strongly advises against playing the match during the fasting month.”The PSI has been hovering between the "very unhealthy" and "hazardous" level of 200 to more than 300 in recent days, which has prompted the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) to postpone all the StarHub League Cup semi-finals and finals games that were scheduled for June 21 and June 23 respectively.
Also called-off were Prime League games, age-group league matches and even the amateur National Football League games this weekend in Singapore.