Myanmar football fans riot after SEA knockout

Last updated 02:56 18/12/2013

Relevant offers

Football

Winston Reid makes successful return for West Ham after injury Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for rest of season with knee injury Eden Hazard sends Chelsea into FA Cup final with victory over Tottenham All Whites hero Rory Fallon vows to have one last shot at a comeback Bill Harris: Football now needs video assistance to look at fouls Brisbane Roar advance past Western Sydney Wanderers on penalties Ex-England defender Ugo Ehiogu dies at 44 Man arrested over bombing of Borussia Dortmund bus motivated by greed, prosecutors allege Power line kills Nigerian fans watching Manchester United match Madrid derby for Real and Atletico in Champions League semifinals

Myanmar football fans started fires, tore out seats and hurled rocks after their team was eliminated from the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the latest stadium violence in a country once banned from 2018 World Cup qualifying because of unruly fans.

Myanmar's 1-0 defeat to Indonesia late on Monday angered spectators, who threw stones as disappointed players left the pitch in tears.

Some spectators invaded the pitch as others tore down banners and destroyed plastic seats in the stadium in Yangon, video footage showed.

Fans outside set ablaze billboards and SEA Games flags, hats and even their own T-shirts. Rioters threw stones at police, who huddled behind shields and responded with water cannon.

Myanmar has a passionate football following but has gained an unsavoury reputation for crowd violence.

Fifa imposed a ban on Myanmar taking part in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after fans hurled rocks and glass bottles at the referee and the Oman team during a qualifier for the 2014 Asian Cup, held in July 2011.

The world governing body later lifted the ban on appeal but ordered the country to play all their qualifying home games on neutral territory.

The SEA Games is the first significant multi-sport event Myanmar has staged in 44 years.

Monday's rioting will cast a cloud over Myanmar's hosting of a tournament it hoped would showcase the enormous changes it has undergone since the end of five decades of brutal military rule in 2011.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content