KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Two Myanmar fans have been beaten up at a Southeast Asian Games football match against Malaysia, police said yesterday, hours after home supporters were criticised for calling Singaporeans “dogs”.
Police said the Myanmar fans were punched and kicked outside Shah Alam Stadium on Monday..
One of the fans was admitted to hospital and another left after treatment, police said, adding that a hunt for the attackers was under way.
The incident came to light as SEA Games organisers condemned Malaysian football fans for chanting “Singapore dogs” during an earlier game.
“Any incident that is contradictory to this spirit of togetherness and unity, especially hurling of insults at other participating nations in whatever form, is highly regrettable,” the committee said in a statement.
Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said: “Things like that should not take place. We should play and support with honour and dignity.”
The chanting was recorded during Malaysia’s 2-1 Group A win over neighbouring Singapore in Shah Alam on August 16.