SINGAPORE: All pitch invaders from recent football matches held at the Singapore Sports Hub have been handed over to the police, the Sports Hub confirmed on Wednesday (Oct 16).
The development comes after several spectators took to the pitch during a friendly between Brazil and Senegal on Thursday (Oct 10).
During a World Cup qualifier between Singapore and Uzbekistan five days later (Oct 15), a fan was observed to have rushed onto the area between the pitch and the stands, where he confronted Uzbekistan fans. He was later seen being ushered away by security.
In response to queries from CNA, Sports Hub said pitch invasions or other breaches of security will be dealt with "severely".
“The stadium is set up to bring fans as close to the action (their heroes) as possible. Pitch invasions do happen across the globe as passions run high and fans look to get closer to their heroes," said Sports Hub.
"Regardless, the safety of players and fans are our number one priority and security checks are in place for anyone entering the stadium. Pitch invasions or other breaches of security will be dealt with severely and trespassers will be handed over to the police."
Sports Hub said it has "learnt" from the incident but declined to disclose enhanced security measures.
"We have learnt from this incident and will continue to enhance security measures to ensure that both fans and players have the best experience," said Sports Hub. "Unfortunately, people who breach security measures will make the experience worse for all involved moving forward.”
the Police were alerted to two cases of wilful trespass along 1 Stadium Drive. Four youths, aged between 11 and 15, are assisting with police investigations. On 15 October 2019 at about 9.30pm, the Police received a call for assistance along 1 Stadium Drive. A 30-year-old man was arrested for public nuisance. Police investigations are ongoing.
In response to CNA's queries, the Singapore Police Force said on Thursday that four youths, aged between 11 and 15, are assisting with investigations after the police were alerted to two cases of wilful trespass along 1 Stadium Drive at about 9.20pm on Oct 10.
"On Oct 15, 2019 2019 at about 9.30pm, the police received a call for assistance along 1 Stadium Drive," police added. "A 30-year-old man was arrested for public nuisance. Police investigations are ongoing."