SINGAPORE: Several fans who turned up at Bishan Stadium on Wednesday evening (Jun 10) to catch the SEA Games football match between Vietnam and Thailand were refused entry. They included those who could not buy their tickets on time, and several who had bought fake tickets to the sold-out match.
Organisers said they were conducting “100-per-cent checks” on each ticket. At both entrances to the stadium, each ticket was checked both visually and electronically using handheld scanners.
Channel NewsAsia understands that several turned up with possibly duplicated tickets, and were denied entry. These fans were advised to make a police report against the ticket seller.
Up to 219 tickets may have been duplicated, and police investigations are ongoing. Two men, aged 29 and 31, were arrested for allegedly selling duplicated tickets for the match, said the police. If convicted of cheating, they could be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.