Malaysia vs Indonesia: Whither sportsmanship?

It doesn’t matter who flashed the Indonesian goalie with a laser pointer in the recent game in Kuala Lumpur. The fact that it happened at all has damaged Malaysia’s reputation among those who may have been watching, or even among some Malaysians themselves.

Further, an intelligent analysis of the consequences of this single act for the second of the two-game series might have suggested suspending the first match as a viable option for officials, in spite of losses due to ticket refunds.

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