Burma loses to Vietnam after fans go wild

Burma loses to Vietnam after fans go wild

The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) is facing disciplinary action over the unruly behaviour of Burmese fans at a semi-final match against Vietnam on Tuesday during the 2016 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship in Mandalay.

The Burmese fans reacted furiously when South Korean referee Oh Hyeon-jeong decided to award Vietnam a penalty shot near the end of the match, when Burma was leading 3-2. The Burmese team’s supporters threw projectiles, including chairs and bottles, onto the pitch, bringing the game to a halt for 30 minutes.

The match resumed after the fans cooled down following repeated appeals from MFF officials, with Vietnam scoring a last-minute penalty kick that sent the game into 30 minutes overtime. A penalty shootout secured Vietnam’s victory and will see it advance to the championship match against Thailand on Friday.

After losing the semi-final, Burma will now face Australia’s Under-20 team for third place on 4 August.

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This is not the first time that the MMF has run into trouble because of out-of-control fans. In October 2014, the federation was fined by the Asian Football Confederation’s Disciplinary Committee over incidents at two matches at Rangoon’s Thuwanna Stadium.

When Iran beat Burma 2-0 on 13 October 2014, some fans ripped up seats and threw them onto the pitch. A few days later, after Burma won 1-0 against the United Arab Emirates, hundreds of local supporters invaded the park in celebration.

Other incidents have had more tragic consequences. At a local match in Taungoo last month, a player was killed by members of an opposing team during an on-pitch brawl.

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