PETALING JAYA, April 15 — Malaysian-League (M-League) teams that are not complying with the standard operating procedures (SOP) involving spectators, will be barred from having fans on the stands, warns Malaysian Football League (MFL).
MFL chief executive officer Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said they have been receiving complaints from the National Security Council (NSC) that many teams and their fans, often breaches the SOPs set to contain the spread of the Covid-19.
“If there is no improvement, it will cause us to disallow spectators into the stadium to watch matches anymore. So far the venues found failing in the monitoring have been advised to take actions,” he said without naming the venues.
Ab Ghani was asked about the action against SOP non-compliance after the launching and draw for the eMFL Super League 2021.
The 12th player (fans) were allowed in all venues, except Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, Kota Bharu, from April 6 after trials at Sultan Ibrahim Stadium during the Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) 3-0 win against Melaka United on April 2 and Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras during Kuala Lumpur City FC’s goalless draw against Sabah FC a day after.
Based on the SOPs for the conditional movement control order (CMCO) areas, the spectator capacity in the stadium is 10 per cent with a maximum of 2,000 people, while stadiums in areas placed under the recovery MCO (RMCO) is 25 per cent with a maximum of 8,000 people, with strict supervision at all times.
Ab Ghani also added that the matches during Ramadan month are scheduled to start at 10pm in the peninsula and 9.15pm in Sabah and Sarawak while stadium gates will be open for fans two hours before the kick-off time and closed 15 minutes before the match starts.
According to the stipulated spectator management protocol, spectators are only allowed to use the lavatories before or during matches but not during halftime.
Meanwhile, Ab Ghani said the second edition of the eMFL Super League, to be held from April 20 to May 9, offers prize money worth RM50,000 for winners.
Gamesbond Global Sdn Bhd managing director Fazli Razak said this year, it will be held in two stages, whereby eight best players from the round-robin of 12 players, will advance to the knock off stage, as the champion will be directly selected to play for the FIFA eWorld Cup.
Fazli also added due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions this year, the players will be playing from their respective homes with the games broadcast from their place.
eMFL Super League 2021 Draw Results
ROSHAND: Terengganu FC
LUQMANHZQ: UiTM FC
AYEN: Melaka United FC
IMRANDEEN: Sri Pahang FC
SHIGE: Penang FC
FAVLAIN: Sabah FC
P3RLIS: Kuala Lumpur City FC
CHAMACK: Selangor FC
SYUMAIJING: Kedah Darul Aman FC
RAJABOLA: PJ City FC
AKMALJHD: Perak FC
SI JALI: Johor Darul Takzim FC