KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s football body was fined US$30,000 (RM127,014) on Tuesday after the national team’s fans chanted “dogs” at supporters from Singapore and Brunei during matches at the South-East Asian (SEA) Games.
Malaysian supporters chanted “Brunei dogs should just be killed” during their side’s 2-1 victory over the neighbouring country on Aug 14 at the Kuala Lumpur-hosted tournament, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said.
Two days later, the fans also chanted that Singaporeans were “dogs” as Malaysia beat the city-state 2-1.
The AFC’s disciplinary committee fined the Football Association of Malaysia US$15,000 for each of the offences.
The AFC also issued a warning to the Hong Kong Football Association after home fans booed the Chinese national anthem during an Asian Cup qualifier against Malaysia this month.
“A repeat violation may result in a more severe punishment,” the disciplinary committee warned.
Fans in the semi-autonomous territory have repeatedly booed the “March of the Volunteers” anthem despite warnings from football authorities and fines from world body FIFA.