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Cheng Hoe: Players have nothing to fear

Malaysia head coach, Tan Cheng Hoe has reminded all the players who have been called up for the World Cup 2022/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers against Indonesia next month to not worry about their safety at the away stadium.

While Cheng Hoe admits that the safety of the officials and players is not something that should be taken lightly, he stressed that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) are more than capable of dealing with the situation.

He also added that he doesn’t believe the safety concerns are severe enough for the match to be moved to a neutral ground or for it to be played in an empty stadium.

“What’s important is that the players focus on the game. The World Cup qualifiers is held by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and I believe PSSI are well aware of FIFA’s rules and regulations.

“So the players have nothing to fear. I’ve been through it in 2010 (where we had to travel in a Barracuda armoured vehicle for a AFF Cup match) and so this time, I think there is no reason for us to feel afraid or nervous,” said the 51-year-old.

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