Pahang and Kelantan may have to fork out a heavy price for the damages to the Shah Alam Stadium.
For the two teams will see a cut in their share of the gate collection once the Football association of Malaysia and the Shah Alam Stadium Board have completed assessing the damage done after Sunday’s cup final.
FAM Secretary General Dato Hamidin Mohd Amin said that once the damage is ascertained, the two teams would have to pay for it.
“We segregated the fans and hence we will assess the damages based on where their fans were seated,” said Hamidin.
“One thing we know for certain is that a gate was damaged and all other aspects are being jointly assessed by FAM and the Stadium authorities.”
Hamidin also clarified on the absence of the 5,000 seats buffer zone as raised by Mailsports.
“There was barbed wire separating the fans from both teams and there was also strong police presence,” clarified Hamidin.
“Thus we did away with the plan of the buffer zone so as to ensure more seats were made available.
“It is not a question of selling more seats but to be fair to fans as well. There are two sides to this argument and one has to understand our predicament as well.”
Hamidin admitted there were several shortcomings to several aspects, including the security on the pitch where scores of unauthorized people made their way to the track after the trophy presentation.
“These are matters we have already identified and will rectify in the future. Infact I already had one post mortem and the second one will be done once we view the recording of the final,” added Hamidin.