A charity football match involving Burmese celebrities descended into chaos when fights broke out in each half between players of opposing teams.
Hosted on Sunday at Aung San Stadium in Rangoon, the supposed “friendly” soccer game was a fundraiser for the National Paralympic Committee of Myanmar, and featured 11 members of Comedians FC playing against a team calling themselves Bioscope FC, which consisted of well-known male actors, including former-model-turned-rapper-turned-actor Sai Sai Kham Leng.
But fans were shocked when a fight broke out after 25 minutes, causing the referee to stop play. Then again in the second half, the TV stars went at it again; this time a mass brawl involving players and coaching staff, which officials and stadium volunteers tried to break up.
The comedians eventually got the last laugh, winning the match 1-0.
The incident casts yet another shadow over Burmese football; earlier his month, the Myanmar Football Federation was ordered to pay a US$24,000 fine and play one competitive international match behind closed doors within the next two years due to the unruly behaviour of fans at the U-19s games against Iran and United Arab Emirates.