Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Football fans riot after home side loses in SEA Games semi-final

Source: Mizzima

Myanmar football fans set fire to a bill board and smashed stadium furniture during a riot that broke out after the national side was beaten by Indonesia in a SEA Games semi-final in Yangon on December 16.

Police were deployed to restore order after Indonesia's 1-0 victory at Thuwanna Stadium destroyed Myanmar's hopes of a gold in the football competition.

Shortly before the end of the match, spectators realized Myanmar would not score an equalizer to match Indonesia’s first-half penalty.

Furious fans began smashing stadium seats and hurled bottles and rocks at the pitch before taking their protest to roads outside the stadium.

A witness said some fans chanted for national football team to be disbanded and others were angry about the price they paid for black market tickets.

“Some of them paid K40,000 for a ticket on the black market as they weren’t able to buy tickets from official outlets,” said the witness.

Riot police in body armour and backed by fire trucks arrived at crossroads near the stadium about 8.45pm and were confronted by a stone-throwing crowd.

It was dispersed by riot police using fire hoses about 10pm, witnesses said.

About seven arrests were made, witnesses said.

Link:  http://www.mizzima.com/culture/sport/item/10747-football-fans-riot-after-home-side-loses-in-sea-games-semi-final

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