Malaysia: Football players walk off to protest laser pen wielding fans
The incident happened during the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup finals first leg. In an earlier AFF Cup semi-final game against Malaysia, Vietnam’s players complained of fans’ laser interference as well.
Indonesia’s players also had to deal with the crowd, particularly goalkeeper Markus Harison who was continually distracted by laser lights being flashed by the home fans. Referee Toma Masaaki stopped the match in the 53rd minute after Indonesia complained that the lights were being aimed at players as they tried to defend against a Malaysian free kick. The game was resumed after eight minutes.
After the match, Indonesia’s president told his sports minister to file a protest with the AFF.
Despite the interference, “the President called on Indonesian supporters not to use laser beam when Indonesia becomes the host of the second leg on Wednesday Dec. 29: ‘Let’s be a country that upholds a fair play,’ he said.”
From Jakarta Post news stories about the game and about the President’s reaction, and a story in the Jakarta Globe
UPDATE, July 28 2011: See related story about a lasing incident at a Malaysia-Singapore World Cup qualifying match.