Indonesia-Vietnam AFF Cup semifinal rescheduled, security tightened

By Hoang Nguyen   January 4, 2023 | 04:53 pm PT
Indonesia-Vietnam AFF Cup semifinal rescheduled, security tightened
Vietnam (in red) play Indonesia at the 2020 AFF Cup. Photo by the ASEAN Football Federation
The AFF Cup semifinals between Indonesia and Vietnam on Friday has been advanced by three hours on security grounds and FIFA has also instructed organizers to ensure security.

The first leg of the clash has been moved to 4:30 p.m. (Hanoi time) from 7:30 p.m by the Football Federation of Indonesia.

The football world governing body FIFA will send experienced staff to Indonesia to monitor the match, and the Asian Football Confederation will send security officers for the match.

There will be two match supervisors instead of the usual one, unprecedented for a Southeast Asian football tournament.

The precautions are being taken since recently in Indonesia's Kanjuruhan Stadium 130 people died in a stampede during a match.

On December 29, the bus carrying the Thailand national football team to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, where the Vietnam and Indonesia match will be held, was surrounded, threatened and hit with objects by many Indonesian fans.

A Vietnam Football Federation spokesperson said: "Ensuring the safety and security of the match and members of the away team members is the responsibility of the host. We have asked the ASEAN Football Federation and the organizers of the match to strengthen security."

Matches between Vietnam and Indonesia always have a certain intensity both on and off the pitch.

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