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AFC 'displeased' with Singapore-Myanmar semi

Date: 
Mon, 03 Jan 2005

The Asian Football Confederation have expressed their disappointment with the lack of fair play in the Tiger Cup semi-final second leg between Singapore and Myanmar.

In a letter to the Asean Football Federation, the organisers of the Tiger Cup, AFC general secretary Peter Velappan said that they were unhappy with the lack of sportsmanship and fair play in the semi-final held at the National Stadium.

Said Velappan: "We are also extremely displeased with the attitude of the players as well as Myanmar team officials." He also urged the AFF to ensure that the two-legged Tiger Cup final between Singapore and Indonesia is conducted in the spirit of fair play.

Japanese referee Kamikawa Toru had to flash his red card thrice in the semi-final, including one for Myanmar's Moe Kyaw Tu for kicking a clod of mud at him. Myanmar's reserve keeper Tun Tun Lin was also sent off after hurling a water bottle at Singapore's S Subramani from the bench.

There were also unpleasant scenes in the terraces as Singapore and Myanmar taunted each other and scuffles broke out.

The AFC's letter also requested the AFF to submit a report on poor security organisation and match fixing allegations arising from the group stage matches played in Vietnam.

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