BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Despite the success of hosts Malaysia in making it to the gold medal match in the SEA Games men's football competition, the home fans have been left with a bitter taste in their mouths.
The competitions on Sunday announced that the tickets to the match would only be sold at the stadium, and no tickets would be sold online unlike for the earlier matches and other events in the multi-sport regional competition.
Information On Ticket Sales For Men’s Football Final And Third/Fourth Placing pic.twitter.com/XvwNTtQzSm
— Kuala Lumpur 2017 (@KL2017) August 27, 2017
The announcement was only made on Sunday night, and fans who want to buy the tickets to the match have to queue up at the Shah Alam Stadium on Monday morning to purchase them.
According to the announcement, the home fans can buy the tickets at the Shah Alam Stadium, while Thai fans can purchase them at the adjacent Malawati Indoor Stadium.
Fans instantly bashed the decision on social media, questioning the decision that would force them to have to take time off from work in order to queue up.
24 hours of weekend had lapsed before announcement of no online ticket sales.
This is no rocket science @KL2017.
— ريمااوXI (@RimauXI) August 27, 2017
However, they still queued up for the tickets, with many of them gathering at the venue on early Monday morning.
— Akeem Sharyzal (@AkeemSharyzal) August 27, 2017
Initially, the situation at the stadium was under control with fans queueing up properly, with the long line snaking around the stadium entrance.
Tapi saya salute semua disiplin beratur tahniah penyokong MALAYSIA. Ok nak gi byr Astro sbb nak tgk final dgn sanak keluarga di rumah pic.twitter.com/lsM5Dlqbaf
— amirulanuar (@uncle_bayu) August 28, 2017
But frustrations soon set in and pandemonium broke out, with impatient fans taking down the barriers and surrounding the ticket counters.
— #SehatiSejiwa (@PapaQQs) August 28, 2017
— N9FUTBOL (@n9futbol) August 28, 2017
Penyokong runtuhkan pagar lepas tu kerumun kaunter. Flawed system. pic.twitter.com/WqUyZeNsWz
— Nizam (@NizamArchibald) August 28, 2017
Once again, football fans in the country have been let down by the administrators. At the time this article was published, it is unknown whether the tickets are still available.