Malaysia football fans held for rioting, attacking Saudis

Updated 10 September 2015
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Malaysia football fans held for rioting, attacking Saudis

JEDDAH: Eleven Malaysian fans have been arrested for rioting and attacks on at least two Saudi football fans on Tuesday night in Malaysia.
According to reports, the Malaysian police are searching for other suspects who were involved in throwing flares onto the pitch when their team trailed Saudi Arabia 2-1. Officials eventually called off the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifier.
The fans were apparently venting their anger over the Malaysian team’s humiliating 10-0 defeat to the United Arab Emirates last week. Players looked on as smoke billowed up from the flares.
The Hong Kong referee ended the game three minutes before the final whistle and ordered the players to return to their dressing rooms. Witnesses said that the stadium, 25 km from Kuala Lumpur, looked like a “war zone.” There were scenes of fans throwing plastic chairs at security officers. According to reports, the head of Shah Alam police refused to comment on the arrests. He said that the police were trying to determine how the bombs were smuggled into the stadium.
He said that the police were not notified that any of the Saudi team’s fans were hurt, but said an ambassador whom he did not name, informed him of this situation.
According to reports in the Malaysian press, fans from the host nation attacked Saudi fans inside and outside the stadium. In addition, a 23-year-old Yemeni student studying in Malaysia said that he suffered leg injuries as he tried to escape his attackers.
Another fan, Mohammed Abu Obeidah, said that guards told him the situation was under control but he found stick-wielding Malaysian fans waiting to assault him and others outside the stadium.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 7 min 13 sec ago
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.