Football: AFF Suzuki Cup match between Singapore and Malaysia ends with fans-referee stand-off

Referees leaving the field at the AFF Suzuki Cup's Singapore v Malaysia match at the National Stadium on Nov 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Referees leaving the field at the AFF Suzuki Cup's Singapore v Malaysia match at the National Stadium on Nov 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Referees leaving the field at the AFF Suzuki Cup's Singapore v Malaysia match at the National Stadium on Nov 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Referees leaving the field at the AFF Suzuki Cup's Singapore v Malaysia match at the National Stadium on Nov 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - More drama was added to Singapore's 1-3 loss to Malaysia in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 when there appeared to be a stand-off between some unhappy fans and the referee over a controversial decision during the match.

With the Lions hanging on to a 1-1 draw that would have sent them through, a Malaysia ball into the box looked to have gone behind the line harmlessly. The referee, however, awarded Malaysia a penalty kick, a decision that the Singapore players protested vehemently against.

After the match, as the referee and his assistants headed to the tunnel, several bottles were hurled in his direction from the stands nearest the tunnel.

Fearing for their safety, the officials then remained on the pitch as what looked like policemen with riot shields arrived on the scene. The 10-minute stand-off ended after all the Singapore and Malaysia players left to cheers while the officials left with an escort - to a chorus of boos and verbal abuse.

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