Football Association Of Malaysia Fined S$20,436 For ‘Dog’ Chant During SEA Games 2017
We know that banter and heckling at opponents is a common feature in football, but when does it become excessive? Well, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), calling your opponents “dogs” falls into that category.
In a press release on 31 Oct, the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee slapped a USD$15,000 (S$20,436) fine on the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) after Malaysian fans were caught chanting “Singapore is a dog” during a SEA Games football match. Just take a look at the video below.
Fans can be heard singing “Singapore itu anjing” – which means “Singapore is a dog” – before lapsing into silence after Singapore scores. The incident took place on 16 Aug, with another chant allegedly calling for the Singapore dogs to be killed. An adaptation of the song was also sung during the game between Malaysia and Brunei on 14 Aug.
While the cheer might have been contrived as terrace banter, Singaporean netizens were not too impressed.
This sparked fierce debates such as this, on online platforms.
Malaysian Adrian Lim spoke out about how Singaporeans should not be overly offended, and accept chants as a common feature of the game. He added that such chants show the passion that fans have for the sport.
However, it seems that not everybody shares Mr Lim’s stance. The region’s football governing body has stepped in and fined the FAM for discrimination and improper conduct by Malaysian spectators.
It seems that the FAM needs to clamp down on its the discipline of its coaching staff and players, on top of their fans, after the region’s governing body slapped the football association with USD$56,000 (S$76,293) of fines for five incidents in both the Asian Cup Qualifiers and the 29th SEA Games.
This amount doesn’t even include personal fines given to player Safiq Bin Rahim (violent conduct) and Malaysian head coach Mr Eduardo Vingada.
Chant has been around since 2012
This is not the first time that Malaysian Ultras have used the derogatory chant. The chant can be traced back as early as the 2012 Suzuki cup.
It has become such a common feature, that U-22 captain Irfan Fandi said that he was already expecting to hear it.
With the AFC threatening to impose harsher punishments for repeated offences, this may the last time we hear the chant.
Looks like karma is a bit of a bitch.
Featured image from Youtube.