Malaysian supporters endure tensed situation at the Gelora Bung Karno

Last update: 06/09/2019

From Ahmad Nazrin Syahmi Mohamad Arif

JAKARTA, Sept 6 -- Malaysian supporters were put through a tensed and heated situation after they were attacked by Indonesian supporters during the national team's away game against Indonesia in the Group G opener of the second round of 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta last night.

The home fans aggression was confirmed through a video that went viral on social media tonight showing a number of home supporters storming into the stadium and invading the area where the Malaysian supporters were seated. 

The video is believed to have been recorded by spectators in the stadium which showed the Garuda squad supporters throwing bottles and various objects including flares from the stadium’s upper tiers towards the Harimau Malaya squad supporters.

The incident forced South Korean referee Ko Hyungjin to stop the match for almost 10 minutes.

The game continued without any more trouble until the final whistle which saw Malaysia secure a valuable  3-2 win, under the guidance of head coach Tan Cheng Hoe.