SEA Games organisers slam offensive football chant

On Tuesday, SEA Games organizers have urged supporters to behave themselves after Malaysian fans sparked anger by chanting “Singapore dogs” during the match with Singapore.

A 20-second video of Malaysian fans titled “Singapore anjing (dog)” had gone viral on the Internet. The group was believed to be a member of Ultras Malaya group, who have been known for their provocative chants during football matches.

As reported, the chanting was recorded during Malaysia‘s 2-1 Group A win over neighboring Singapore in Shah Alam Stadium on 16 August.

The Malaysia Organising Committee (Masoc) called the incident, footage of which has been circulating online, “highly regrettable” and said it ran counter to the spirit of the biennial sporting affair.

“Any incident that is contradictory to this spirit of togetherness and unity, especially hurling of insults at other participating nations in whatever form, is highly regrettable,” the committee said in a statement.

“Fans are urged to refrain from chanting offensive religious or racial slurs at all times,” it added.