Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Monday apologised to Vietnamese football fans over attacks by Malaysian fans during a tense Suzuki Cup semi-final match between the two countries in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia lost 2-1 in the first leg of the match against Vietnam late Sunday in Shah Alam stadium in Petaling Jaya on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
A photo on the Facebook page of Jamaluddin showed a Vietnamese fan bleeding after an apparent attack by a few Malaysian football fans.
“There is no excuse for such violent action,” Khairy said in a statement in his Facebook page. “They are our guests. Is this the way we treat guests? It does not matter if they are here on holiday or are working here, this is not Malaysian culture.”
“Because these violent supporters will not apologise …I apologise to the Vietnamese fans who were attacked,” he added.
Khairy called on the police to investigate the incident and prosecute those involved in the violence.
The second and final semi final match between the two countries will be held in Hanoi on Thursday. The other semi-final match will be played in Bangkok on Wednesday between Thailand and the Philippines.