31 Aug '14, 8am

Riot erupts after Sarawak-Perak #Malaysia Cup football match in Kuching

Riot erupts after Sarawak-Perak #Malaysia Cup football match in Kuching

KUCHING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK): It was complete pandemonium at the State Stadium here on Saturday midnight when hundreds of rioters torched and overturned police cars after a Malaysia Cup football match between Sarawak and Perak. Not since the late 1980s has there been riots of a similar scale after a football match in Sarawak. The Star's photographer Zulazhar Sheblee, who was covering the match, witnessed the chaos first-hand. "It was right after the final whistle at 11pm when it all started. Spectators inside the stadium threw bottles, firecrackers and even parts of the fence at the pitch. "The first of the rioters on the pitch kicked and damaged the advertisements. Outside the stadium, a crowd that had gathered broke through the main gates. By then, the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) was deployed," Mr Zulazhar said. He said it took about three hours for crowds to disp...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/sto...

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