Sunday July 24, 2011
We reared our ugly side in a friendly match
I WENT to Bukit Jalil to watch football: A classy EPL football team against a spirited Malaysia team.
Although the match lived up to my expectation, I was shocked at the way Malaysian football fans treated Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun. Not just one or two fans but a vast majority of them!
It’s another black eye for Malaysia. Reports around the world stated “Benayoun Suffers Racial Abuse from Malaysian Fans” (Sky News).
We, in Malaysia, always pride ouselves on racial equality. Then, of all places, a friendly football match, Malaysians reared their ugly side and jeered a class footballer like Benayoun. I am ashamed.
Although I do not support Israel, I support football. I came to watch football.
Benayoun should be applauded for his courageous decision to travel to Malaysia.
EPL and Fifa (and other sporting bodies) would definitely think twice now about sending teams to Malaysia.
Malaysians, we not only lost to Chelsea FC last night, we also lost respect as well.