Crocs fans received a third blow in the span of three weeks after it was confirmed that the Kuala Lumpur – Sarawak match was reverted back to Stadium Hang Jebat, Melaka. The game was suppose to be played in Kuching this Saturday as per requested by the Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA).
No apparent reason was given for the change, but the Crocs fans are furious as they were hoping to catch Sarawak play at home before the team starts their Malaysia Super League home campaign in front of an empty stadium due to the heavy fine imposed by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on them for crowd trouble.
The match is scheduled to be played at 845PM on the 5th of May.
Fans of the Crocs are feeling the heat after FAM decided to penalize their beloved team RM29,500 for crowd trouble during the Sarawak-Lions XII match, with another RM46,000 added for similar offences during the Sarawak-Kelantan game.
FAM also slapped the Sarawak Football Association (FAS) with a four home match ‘fan ban’ while making it clear FAS will not have the ability to appeal over any of the decision by FAM’s disciplinary committee.
Word on social media sites have revealed that the Crocs fans believe that the cancellation of the Kuala Lumpur – Sarawak game which was suppose to be played in Kuching is somehow connected to FAM, hence making more fans uneasy and dissatisfied with the national football body.
Aside from the fans, some prominent figures in Sarawak have also spoken out on the injustice treatment towards FAS and Sarawak with some claiming that the punishment is brutally severe, and was biased by any standards.
One elderly fan whom wished to remain unknown was quoted as asking “FAM is looking down on Sarawakians by implementing such biased decisions. Fan clubs and those in power should do something“.