Last night was a particularly exciting moment for Malaysian football fans as our national team, Harimau Malaya, went head to head with Indonesia for the World Cup qualifying match in Jakarta.
It was even more thrilling as Harimau Malaya emerged victorious with a 3-2 score against Indonesia after 15 years at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium aka Gruda squad’s fortress.
Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a euphoriant celebration turned ugly as Malaysian football fans were assaulted during and after the match at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Ultras Malaya yang datang disambut dengan balingan batu😢 Datang nak tengok bola bukan membunuh .— fádizsem🕊️🇲🇾 (@fadryyy_) September 5, 2019
stop la dengan mentaliti sampah tu . FIFA patut banned je dorang ni🚫. pic.twitter.com/RhMHxJouKb
Amongst the legions of psyched M’sian supporters was Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who took to Twitter to share the ugliness they witnessed at the Malaysia-Indonesia World Cup qualifier.
Sebentar tadi saya bersama penyokong2 Harimau Malaya menyaksikan Kelayakan Piala Dunia di Stadium Gelora Bung Karno. Objek besi,botol & suar dicampak kpd kami beberapa kali. pic.twitter.com/BxKscJvXsq— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) September 5, 2019
In the tweet, Syed Saddiq states that metal objects, bottles and flares were hurled at them a couple of times during the match.
We were sitting with the Malaysian fans and there were multiple objects thrown at us including water bottles, metal objects, flares and even a 📱— Kamles Kumar (@Kama7esh) September 5, 2019
Malaysian fans remained resilient and kept their cool despite lots of provocation. Congrats & well done #HarimauMalaya pic.twitter.com/fSNOvQiY4S
It got so bad that the match had to be stopped for 10 minutes halfway through as some Indonesian supporters tried to ram into Malaysian supporters in the stadium.
This is what happened in GBK Indonesia. Some of the Indonesia supporter came to M’sia side and stole a flag. They shouted ‘M’sia itu anjing’ (M’sia is a dog). They threw a powder bomb while yelling M’sia pulang (go home M’sia) #HarimauMalaya @FIFAcom @ultrasmalaya07 @SyedSaddiq pic.twitter.com/myrutdvA8h— Craig Ansibin (@craigansibin) September 5, 2019
The police had to come in to calm things down.
When the match ended with Malaysia’s win, that’s when things turned really UGLY.
Some Indonesian supporters were apparently incensed by the loss in their own backyard and tried to take their anger out on the Malaysian fans that were present.
Riots broke out outside the stadium and several fans were injured. Berita Harian confirmed that at least 2 Malaysians were sent to the hospital.
One fan broke his hand when he fell while fleeing the attacks while another sustained head and back injuries from projectiles.
Syed Saddiq and several Malaysian fans had to be quarantined in the stadium for their own safety, waiting for things to calm down outside.
All 24 Malaysian players and squad officials were also placed into armoured vehicles so they could safely reach their hotel.
Syed Saddiq confirmed that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will be filing an official complaint to Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). He will also be filing an official report to the Indonesian government on the incident.
“Gangsterism will not be tolerated at all. The safety of Malaysian players and supporters are my top priority.”Syed Saddiq via Twitter.
“This is such a sad moment for the football industry as it’s supposed to be a medium of unity. I promise to demand justice for Malaysians.”
Despite the acts of violence shown at the match last night. Several Indonesians took to social media to profusely apologise for the shameful behaviour of their countrymen.
Im sorry minister.. There still suporter kampungan in Indonesia.. Thats why our football never go the top.. https://t.co/2z2D9Z0IZo— NalaR (@Paltiwest) September 6, 2019
Translation: “I’m sorry for the behaviour of the Indonesian supporters.”
Tahniah malaysia,saya Rakyat Indonesia Memohon Maaf karena Suporter kami datang ke Stadium Tanpa Membawa Otak nya— Agus Septiyan Kamal Sitorus (@GusTianKamal) September 5, 2019
Translation: “Congratulations Malaysia. I as an Indonesian apologise for our supporters who came to the stadium without their brains.”
Today, Indonesia’s Minister of Sports, Imam Nahrawi has formally apologised to Syed Saddiq and Malaysians for last night’s incident.
“My presence is to directly convey an apology on behalf of the Indonesian people and government for the unpleasant and ignorant incident triggered by supporters (of Indonesia) as we both witnessed last night.”Imam Nahrawi, Indonesia’s Minister of Sports via Antara News.
We understand that Malaysians are angered by last night’s incident, but do remember that the acts of a few are not a reflection of the entire nation.
Our apologies for the following bad language but we wholeheartedly agree with @hxsm‘s sentiments:
anyways don't spew hate against a whole nation because of the dumbfuck actions of a few. if you do that you're a dumbfuck too.— hxsm (@hxsm) September 6, 2019
just look at the countrybol cutiepies and gtfo kids