M'sia vs N. Korea: AFC to decide on neutral ground for Asian Cup match

Seri Nor Nadiah Koris

KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will look into the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)’s request for a neutral venue in the upcoming Asian Cup match between Malaysia and North Korea.

In a statement released by AFC earlier, the confederation said it would investigate the matter and seek further clarification before deciding to provide FAM with a neutral venue.

“The AFC has received a request FAM to have the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 final round qualifier against DPR Korea, scheduled for Pyongyang on March 28, 2017, played at a neutral venue,” the statement read.

“The AFC will seek further clarification and information on the request in order for the decision-making process to take place. Until that clarification is received, the AFC will make no further comment.”

The Harimau Malaysia team is scheduled to fly to Pyongyang for a match against North Korea in the Group B Asian Cup qualifiers.

The match would be held at the Kim Il-sung Stadium.

However, safety of the Malaysian football squad was the main concern since relationship between the two countries deteriorated after the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader, in Kuala Lumpur.

FAM has made the request for a neutral venue considering the tension.