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Disrupted football match in Yishun Stadium: Being a good sport when it's hard to find that sweet spot

The disrupted football match in Yishun Stadium puts the spotlight on the conflict between the push to promote sports and residents' right to peace and quiet

When a night-time football match was abandoned earlier this month after two floodlights were turned off - apparently following complaints from nearby residents - it put the spotlight on another "competition": the rights of those who engage in sports activities versus those of residents.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Centre of Excellence match between its Football Academy Under-19s and Singapore Premier League side Warriors had overrun its time and was into the 69th minute at Yishun Stadium on April 10 when two of the four floodlights were turned off at 9pm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2018, with the headline 'Being a good sport when it is hard to find that sweet spot '. Print Edition | Subscribe