SEA Games organisers call for fans to behave after 'Singapore dogs' incident

Lawrence Kim
August 23, 2017

Two Myanmar fans were beaten up on Monday, at the SEA Games group stage football match between Malaysia and Myanmar at the Shah Alam Stadium, close to Kuala Lumpur.

He said the two victims, aged 29 and 34, suffered injuries to their faces and bodies after being punched and kicked by the suspects.

"One of the victims received outpatient treatment while another is still being treated at the hospital".

Shah Alam district police chief ACP Shafien Mamat (pix) said that police had received information on the incident by members of the public and have already begun investigations to find the suspects who are responsible for the attack.

Sigaporean netizens who commented on the video had expressed their displeasure over the incident, stressing that Malaysian fans were lacking sportsmanship and morals.

The SEA Games is a sporting event which is "based on a strong spirit of togetherness and sportsmanship", said the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) in a statement on 22 August.

Malaysian fans have drawn flak for using the same insult before, including in 2012 when footage of chanting from a Suzuki Cup game also raised hackles in Singapore.

The spokesperson said nothing could be done at that time to control the crowd, adding that any actions against the rowdy fans had to be conducted by the stadium's security officials. "We should play and support with honour and dignity".

Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister spoke about the incidents: "Things like that should not take place in the Southeast Asian Games".

A special souvenir book which was released during the SEA Games opening on Saturday displayed an upside-down version of the Indonesian flag, causing uproar from the republic's citizens.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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