Football fans can return to stadiums to watch live matches soon

Sarawak United FC players in action in this file photo.

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Jan 21: Football fans in Sarawak will soon be able to watch matches live in stadiums, assures Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said Sarawak has already entered Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) which means that all the states in the country have exited Phase 3 and are in the final phase of the NRP.


“Any standard operating procedures (SOP) listed under Phase 4 will be adopted by Sarawak and I believe that includes the return of spectators to stadiums,” he told a press conference held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today.

He was responding to a reporter’s query on Sarawak’s stance since the Malaysian Football League (MFL) is revising the SOPs to add the number of supporters allowed into stadiums.

Abdul Karim said he himself would not want the State’s football team to play without their supporters just as what Kuching FA and Sarawak United teams had gone through last year.

Both teams had to play their home matches in Peninsular Malaysia, with their supporters only receiving the results from newspapers.

“We do not want it to be that way. We want Sarawakians to be able to see and watch (the matches) and appreciate our team down here.

“Therefore, we should be able to address that problem and we will open up our stadiums,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily