JDT-Pahang match marred by crowd trouble

Thousands of home fans blocked Pahang players and officials from leaving the Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium after their 1-1 draw in the FA Cup first leg semi-final

It was a tense FA Cup semi-final match between Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) and Pahang on Monday at the Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, which ended all square after Luciano Figueroa’s opener was cancelled out by Matias Conti’s strike in the first half.

The tension, though, spilled over after the match when Pahang players and officials were blocked from leaving the stadium by JDT fans, who numbered in the thousands.

The local police tried in vain to disperse the crowd and only succeeded in doing so at 1a.m after a discussion with the JDT fans. The police reportedly escorted the Pahang team bus all the way up to the highway.

According to The Star, the blockade was done by the home fans, who demanded an apology from the Pahang team over the assault on their fans by the Pahang supporters when the two sides met in Kuantan in February this year in a Malaysia Super League (MSL) match.

Matches between the two sides have been a hotbed for crowd trouble in recent years. In the same fixture in last year’s competition, overcrowding of the Darul Makmur Stadium led to fans of the Southern Tigers being attacked, and eventually the JDT players refusing to play in the game. The match had to be suspended before it was held at Bukit Jalil Stadium a few days later.

In the MSL fixture between the two sides in February this year, the match was also marred by crowd violence as a group of JDT fans provoked and assaulted the home fans after the match in full view of the public.

Both sides are set to meet each other again twice more this month, with an MSL match happening on the 16th of May, before the return leg of the semi-final match which will be held at the end of the month.