Malaysia fans offered cash reward to catch hooligans at cup final | inside World Soccer

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have introduced a new reward system that sees fans receive financial reward if they catch trouble-makers at the FA Cup final later this month.

The Malaysian FA Cup semifinal between Johor Darul Takzim and Pahang was marred by violence
The Malaysian FA Cup semifinal between Johor Darul Takzim and Pahang was marred by violence

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The FAM announced the reward scheme on Thursday, promising fans 1,000 Malaysian Ringgit if they can help authorities pick out the people who cause trouble during the final between Kelantan and Johor Darul Takzim at the National Stadium on June 29.

Johor's semi-final second leg against Pahang was abandoned due to crowd trouble, while Kelantan were fined 40,000 Ringgit last year after their fans they threw bottles on to the field.

"We're aware that this matter (reward scheme) is subjective and that people may exploit it," FAM competitions committee chairman Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin told a press conference. "So, we will work closely with the police to prevent any abuse.

"The police will conduct a thorough investigation when a trouble-maker is handed over to them. They will question the witnesses and there will also be cameras on the stands to assist the police with their investigations."

FAM have also decided to appoint 200 marshals - 100 from each team - to help the police with crowd control at the match.

Hamidin added: "I believe the reward system can work in tandem with the marshals and the police.

"We are looking at preventing any untoward incidents from happening. I think citizen policing on the stands is the best as the fans will be controlled by one of their own."

And if the plan works, the FAM will implement the rewards scheme to all M-League matches in the future.

"We are trying something new here and, if it works, we may implement it for other M-League matches," said Hamidin.

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