Jay Chou is set to hold his 15 January concert in Malaysia, at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur – however, it seems the Malaysian football fans are none too happy about it.
This is because the stadium is playing host to the Malaysian national football team’s home matches, where they will be playing against Thailand in the AFF Cup.
The stadium, which has a capacity of 87,411, has made only 59,000 tickets for the football match available with the rest of the remaining seats being cordoned off for the setup of Chou’s concert.
The reduced seating for the football match has drawn the ire of Malaysian football fans, with one irate Malaysian telling the singer “because of your concert, Bukit Jalil Stadium will be losing 21,000 football fans this Saturday. “
The outpouring of attacks from Malaysian football fans has since caught the attention of Jay Chou, who took to his Instagram to respond.
He addressed the Malaysian football fans, saying that he understands the importance of football to them, and that he has no problem postponing his concert.
He added that the most important thing is that they should go and ask their football association or the management of the venue whether they can allow him to postpone the concert.
He further added that he doesn’t have a problem with it, as long as he can perform for his fans, and that he hopes everyone who comes and watches his concert can do so happily.
Other netizens have since jumped to the defence of Chou, asking the football fans not to embarrass Malaysia in front of foreigners who have done nothing wrong.
The Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports, Hannah Yeoh, said that Chou’s team had booked the stadium 4 years ago on 19 march 2019, while the Football Association of Malaysia had only booked the stadium on 18 August last year.
She added that “you cannot simply cancel and international gig and disrupt the whole thing”.