Concert Vs Football: Coldplay’s Concert May Affect Asian Cup Qualifier
Back in January there were only 21,000 seats available for the AFF Cup semi-finals match due to Jay Chou’s concert.
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The talk of the town this week has been none other than Coldplay’s concert which will take place at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on 22 November 2023.
Since the announcement, the concert, while it is one of many concerts in the country, somehow ended up on the receiving end of various criticism. It ranged from the ticketing platform which annoyed many to PAS members kicking up a fuss.
Most recently, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) highlighted the fact that the concert date was a day after the Asian Cup qualifying match.
Taking into consideration the concert’s setup, it is feared that there might be limited seats for Harimau Malaya fans if the 2027 Asian Cup qualifying match takes place at the same location the day before.
This is not the first time where a football match has collided with a concert.
As reported by the New Straits Times, when Malaysia faced Thailand in the AFF Cup semi-finals on 7 January, just 21,000 tickets were available because concert organisers had to set up the location for the Jay Chou event.
FAM president Datuk Hamidi Amin said that he has met with Minister of Youth and Sports Hannah Yeoh regarding the issue. He also stated that they will look for a solution by working together with the Malaysia Stadium Corporation (MSC).
“We have a contract with MSC which states that the venue should be available for Harimau Malaya matches during the FIFA calendar. If this always happens (date clashes), then better not to have a contract with the corporation,” said Hamidin as reported by the New Straits Times.
He also stated that an appeal will be made to check the availability of the pitch on 21 November 2023. It will be done following the draw that is happening in July.
Netizens feel that the same drama is repeating itself again
Zzz same old drama.— Syafiq Mobin 🇲🇾🌺 (@syafiqduckie) May 18, 2023
Here we go again…jz lik Blackpink drama— Willy Sunie (@jerkyjerky88) May 18, 2023
Some even suggested to change the venue of the football match.
Can't they play the match in johor?— Aman the terrible (@borneoaman) May 18, 2023
Why not use stadium shah alam for Asian cup?— Senator Heisenberg🔃 (@FernndoAlonso14) May 18, 2023
This joins the list of controversies plaguing the concert. But, in an interview with HitzFM, lead singer Chris Martin proved that they actually listen to what’s happening.
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The people of Malaysia will have to sit tight and wait to see what the outcome of this issue is.
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