Malaysia's football woes

Malaysia (in blue) found themselves outclassed 0-10 by the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup qualifier in Abu Dhabi last week. The record loss has triggered demands for a major revamp.
Malaysia (in blue) found themselves outclassed 0-10 by the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup qualifier in Abu Dhabi last week. The record loss has triggered demands for a major revamp.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Aug 31, 2014

After a 1-1 Malaysia Cup draw in Kuching between Sarawak and Perak, 2,000 home fans torched and overturned police cars.

Dec 7

Malaysian fans attacked Vietnamese fans after the Tigers lost 1-2 in the first leg of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup final.

May 16, 2015

In the second leg of the Malaysian FA Cup semi-final between Terengganu and the LionsXII, the home fans rioted after the Singapore outfit won on away goals after an aggregate score of 4-4.

Missiles were hurled at the visiting supporters and an ambulance was torched.

June 11

The Tigers started their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Asean minnows Timor Leste.

The visitors had equalised three minutes into stoppage time in front of 5,000 fans at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.

June 16

Malaysia's World Cup blues continued when Dollah Salleh's men were hammered 0-6 at home by Palestine in front of a crowd of 3,000 at Bukit Jalil.

Sept 3

Dollah quit after a record 0-10 loss to the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. He used three different goalkeepers during the thrashing.

It eclipsed a 2-8 hammering by New Zealand in 1967.

Sept 8

Fans threw flares onto the Shah Alam Stadium pitch two minutes before full-time as Malaysia trailed Saudi Arabia in a Group A qualifier, causing the match to be abandoned.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline 'Malaysia's football woes'. Print Edition | Subscribe