Singaporean FA Cup match under police investigation
The reputation of Singapore football took another blow over the weekend after a brawl broke out during a Football Association Cup first-round match involving amateur sides on Saturday night.
The game between Balestier United Recreation Club and Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association (Safsa) at the Gombak Stadium was halted by the referee in the 88th minute when a fight broke out with Safsa leading 2-1. The match was later abandoned.
This occurred after each side had a player dismissed. Safsa’s Fuad Ramli was sent off for kicking an opponent while Balestier’s Masnashzreen Masturi for allegedly punching Fuad.
When contacted yesterday, an FAS spokesman told The Straits Times: “We would like to reiterate that the FAS does not condone violence of any form, and the alleged behaviour has no place in football.
“We understand that a police report has been lodged, and will provide the police with all cooperation and assistance necessary.
“In addition, we are also conducting our own investigation and stern action will be taken against any offenders.
“As investigations are under way, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”
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