A Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Centre of Excellence U-19 match between Warriors FC and a FAS U-19 side was abandoned in the 69th minute on Tuesday (10 April) because of alleged instructions given by Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Lee Bee Wah to the Centre Manager for the Yishun Stadium. All because the lights were too bright for residents of The Estuary Condominum.
The Online Citizen has reported based on information which it corroborated stating that the Centre Manager for the Yishun Stadium, where the match was played, turned the lights off at 9pm after allegedly receiving instructions by the MP as a result of complaints from residents from nearby condominium The Estuary.
The Yishun Stadium is operated by government agency Sport Singapore.
A football official who spoke to TOC said: “It is ridiculous that a match was abandoned at 9pm just because the MP asked for the lights to be turned off after complaints from residents of the condominium. The stadium operating hours end at 10pm. Since when has that changed?”
A resident of the Estuary, who spoke to TOC on condition of anonymity said that there has been some concerns raised by residents of the lower floors about the glaring lights of the stadium.
This is despite the stadium being around when they made their purchases of their respective apartments.
The Yishun Stadium was opened in 1992, and has been surrounded by multiple Housing and Development Board flats.
The Estuary was completed in 2013.
Yishun Stadium, has been home to various football clubs over the last 20 years including Sembawang Rangers, Super Reds, Sporting Afrique, Malaysia Tigers.