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Arrested football fans out on bail

The five Malaysians who were arrested for disorderly behaviour at Tuesday's football match between the LionsXII and Johor Darul Takzim are out on bail.

SINGAPORE: The five Malaysians who were arrested for disorderly behaviour at Tuesday's football match between the LionsXII and Johor Darul Takzim are out on bail.

A video uploaded on YouTube showed the scuffle between the Malaysian fans and the Singapore riot police outside Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.

About a hundred fans were enraged after they were not allowed into the stadium despite having bought tickets.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed that a number of Malaysian fans were denied entry as they were holding tickets meant for Singaporean fans.

Under an agreement with its Malaysian counterpart, the association allots 120 tickets to travelling fans for each match.

The Jalan Besar Stadium sits up to 6,000 people.

FAS said that last year a large number of Johor Darul Takzim fans got hold of tickets meant for Singaporeans.

To prevent a recurrence, ID checks were conducted at the stadium gates on Tuesday.

FAS also said it had put up advisories in advance to remind fans of the rules.

One Malaysian fan who bought grandstand tickets through his Singaporean friend claimed he was not aware of the rules.

Sathish Kurup, a Malaysian football fan, said: "I have already written to FAS to ask them for a refund. There is nothing much that I can do.

"Even the police and the FAS officer on duty said that I could write in and ask for a refund because there was no way they were going to let us into the stadium."

The FAS, however, said there will be no refunds for travelling fans who bought tickets meant for Singaporeans.

A Singaporean fan who was at the match feels that more tickets can be issued to visiting fans for games involving big teams.

Akbar Hashim, a Singaporean football fan, said: "The FA on our side and their side can appeal, 'Sir, can I get 50 (more) tickets...?' So it is up to the FAS and FAM to study this and say it's okay to allot them."

The police said they will work with FAS on the necessary security measures before football matches.

For Tuesday's match, the Special Operations Command was deployed in anticipation of a large crowd.

The police said investigations into the incident are on-going. 

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