Ultras Malaya calls on match boycott

Spurs and Liverpool are scheduled to play a Malaysian XI on May 27 and July 24 repectively and supporters group "Ultras Malaya" have labelled the games as "circus matches" and are angry at the disruption caused to their domestic league and World Cup qualifying preparations.

In a statement released on Monday by the Ultras Malaya group, they called on fans to boycott the two games.

"Don't buy the tickets, don't go to the stadium," the group said in a statement. 

"The matches are simply held to make FAM [Football Association of Malaysia], the organisers and their cronies rich, so don't let FAM and the organisers profit from this sort of nonsense.

"What's the point? A win for Malaysia is unlikely and you can't be expecting the visitors to give their very best, like they play in the EPL on the TV, can you?"

In a chat with Reuters, a senior member of the Ultras Malaya, Alfadli Awaludin, said that the two Premier League sides should play each other in Kuala Lumpur rather than disrupting local football.

The Malaysian Cup final happens on May 25 followed by the Spurs match two days later and then two weeks later the national team will be competing in the Southeast Asian Games. Then the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup begins.   

Ultras Malaya believe that FAM should be organising friendly matches for the national team rather than insignicant matches that won’t benefit the national side.

"When you do not go to the matches and the stadium is empty, it will show to the organisers and FAM that circus matches have no place in Malaysian football.

"They will then have no option but to stop organising them, and start organising 'A' class international friendlies instead.

"An empty stadium during circus matches will also show interested European clubs, that Malaysian football supporters are not interested."

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