Monday, 25 November 2019

Indonesia slams Syed Saddiq’s Twitter apology after he called viral video a hoax, this was disputed by the victim and Indonesia

In footbrawl row, Indonesia slams Syed Saddiq’s Twitter apology
FMT Reporters
-November 24, 2019 9:19 PM

Rival football supporters clashed when Malaysia played Indonesia on Tuesday in a World Cup 2020 qualifying match. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali today demanded for an official apology from Malaysia, saying an apology by his counterpart on Twitter was insufficient.

“The Malaysian government must officially apologise to the Indonesian people,” Zainudin was quoted as saying by Tempo magazine.

He said an official letter has been sent to Malaysia after supporters of the Indonesian football team were assaulted earlier this week.

Last night, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman posted an apology on his social media account and promised that action would be taken against the offenders.

Police confirmed earlier today that a victim of the assult had lodged a police report, but denied it was related to the World Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and Indonesia, on Nov 19, which Malaysia won 2-0.

Apart from an apology, Indonesia is also demanding legal action against those who assaulted the football fan.

The Indonesian sport ministry’s secretary Gatot S Dewa Broto said he had written to his Malaysian counterpart to say that the Indonesian government and its people were “so disappointed” with the incident.

Tempo said that unlike Putrajaya which was reluctant to apologise immediately, Indonesia’s youth and sports minister had issued an apology instantly following the violence that erupted after a football match in Jakarta in September.

In the incident, Malaysian fans were threatened and pelted with projectiles during the visiting side’s 3-2 win, while Syed Saddiq had to be evacuated from the match as violence broke out.

Tempo also quoted Ahmad Rizki Akrom, La Grande Indonesia’s Coordinator for the Malaysia-Indonesia match as claiming that some 30 Malaysian football fans attacked some 15 Indonesian fans at a hotel where they stayed on Nov 20, the morning after the match.

Ahmad claimed that the Malaysian supporters “who equipped themselves with helmets and wooden sticks” assaulted the Indonesians who were mingling outside their hotel, which he alleged led to a public brawl.


Menpora Malaysia Syed Saddiq menyebut kasus pemukulan kepada suporter Indonesia di Kuala Lumpur adalah hoaks. Namun pernyataan ini langsung dibantah oleh korban Yovan Restu. Ia menyatakan video pengeroyokan yang viral adalah benar dan terjadi di Bukit Bintang, Malaysia.

Korban pemukulan Yovan di akun instagramnya mengaku kecewa atas pernyataan Menteri Olahraga Malaysia Syed Saddiq. Ia pun mengklarifikasi pernyataan Syed Saddiq kalau peristiwa pemukulan itu adalah benar. Yovan meminta Syed Saddiq menarik ucapannya. KBRI sebelumnya sudah menyatakan protes kepada Malaysia dan menyebut kejadian itu benar sehari sebelum laga Malaysia melawan Indonesia di Stadion Bukit Jalil.

Sebelumnya Menpora Malaysia Syed Saddiq menyatakan tidak benar ada pemukulan terhadap suporter Indonesia. Lewat unggahan video di akun twitternya Saddiq menyatakan telah membuat laporan dan berkoordinasi dengan polisi baik di Malaysia maupun di Indonesia.

Suporter Indonesia yang menonton pertandingan di Malaysia bercerita pemukulan pendukung Indonesia terjadi 1 hari sebelum pertandingan atau pada 18 November lalu. Arista Budiyono yang saat itu hadir di Stadion Bukit Jalil juga menyayangkan kericuhan yang sempat terjadi di dalam stadion. Salah satunya soal pelemparan suar.

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