Chelsea has lodged a formal complaint with the Malaysian Football Association alleging that the club's Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun was the subject of antisemitic abuse during last week's friendly in Kuala Lumpur (here).
Large sections of the 84,980 crowd at the Bukit Jalil national stadium booed and jeered Benayoun's every touch in Chelsea's 1-0 victory over a Malaysian XI. The 30-year-old, one of the first Israelis to play in the country, did not complain at the time and was substituted at the interval along with all the starting XI.
But are the Malaysian fans antisemitic? I don't know but it shouldn't have happened to sports. Of course Malaysia strongly supports the Palestinian people - does not recognise Israel and maintains no diplomatic ties with the state - but no barrier should be imposed on sports.
In the meantime, Malaysia will clash with Singapore again for the World Cup qualifier. Down 3-5, I hope our Tigers put up their best to overcome the deficit and win.
I wont be able to join them at the stadium as I've got a date with a doctor. Being two goals down is not a big deal. I remember how Nottingham Forest beat Norwich 4-3 after trailing by three goals during one EPL thriller in the late 1980s.
MALAYSIA BOLEH..... ke?