The “football match that stopped because the stadium lights went off at 9 pm” may have opened a can of worms?
I refer to the article “Football: MP Lee Bee Wah denies report that she instructed stadium’s lights to be turned off during match” (Straits Times, Apr 17).
It states that “MP Lee Bee Wah has denied claims in an online report that she gave instructions to the centre manager of Yishun Stadium to turn the facility’s floodlights off at 9pm on April 10.
Two of the stadium’s four floodlights were turned off at about the 69th minute of a Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Centre of Excellence (COE) Under-19 match between FAS’ U-19 side and Warriors FC. The match was abandoned thereafter.
“I did not give instructions for the match to be stopped. I am waiting for the report and statement from Sport Singapore (SportSG) before deciding on my next course of action,” Ms Lee, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, told The Straits Times on Monday (April 16).
The Warriors had posted a statement on Facebook on April 10 saying that the match in question had been “suspended in the 69th minute due to floodlight failure”.
Ms Lee referred to that in her own Facebook post just after 3pm on Monday.
She said: “An article by The Online Citizen (TOC) alleged that I had ordered the floodlights at Yishun Stadium to be turned off after residents had complained about the glare. This is not true.