Ultras Malaya have confirmed that they won’t be opening the ‘Curva’ area of the Shah Alam Stadium when Malaysia take to the field to face Thailand in the SEA Games football final on Tuesday night.
“We will officially abstain from opening the ‘Curva’ for tomorrow’s final match as a mark of solidarity for our comrades as well as other fans who went through a lot just to get tickets, but were unable to do so due to an inefficient ticketing system,” Ultras Malaya said, via a statement that was published on their Facebook page.
Esok curva tutup!
— اولتراس ملايا 07 (@ultrasmalaya07) August 28, 2017
“To the Malaysia U-23 players, keep the momentum going and our passion will be with every single one of you tomorrow. Come on Malaysia!,” the statement added.
Their decision to ‘boycott’ the game comes in the aftermath of the Malaysian Organising Committee’s (MASOC) decision to abandon the online ticketing system, which was implemented for all four group stage matches, as well as Malaysia’s semi-final clash against Indonesia. Instead, fans were forced to queue and purchase tickets at the Shah Alam Stadium, earlier today.
#KL2017 – Football
Malaysia v Thailand tickets will not be sold online. pic.twitter.com/ALepGjw6qi
— StadiumMY 🇲🇾 (@StadiumMY) August 27, 2017
Midway through the day, a mini riot erupted at the venue, after a ticket counter was abruptly closed, merely a couple of hours after it opened. Barriers were broken down and punches were thrown, until police officers arrived to calm the situation down.
Riot erupts at Shah Alam Stadium as fans left frustrated by ‘inefficient ticket sales’
— StadiumMY 🇲🇾 (@StadiumMY) August 28, 2017
Ticket sales were then temporarily suspended, before it resumed later in the afternoon with each individual being limited to two tickets per transaction. Here’s an account of what transpired today, from one of our writers.