The Football Association of Singapore have confirmed that the Johor fans were turned away for being in possession of tickets intended for home supportersLionsXII lost 3-2 to Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) on Tuesday night in a Malaysia Super League encounter but events taking place off the field also made the headlines.
Five individuals, believed to be part of the visiting supporters contingent, were arrested outside Jalan Besar Stadium.
The fans had behaved in a disorderly manner after being denied entry into the stadium.
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have now confirmed that a number of fans were not allowed into the match venue as they were not holding the right tickets intended for JDT fans.
"A number of Malaysian fans of Johor Darul Takzim were denied entry into the stadium as they were not holders of tickets to the rightful and appropriate fan seating sectors," read the statement from FAS.
FAS reiterated that it was part of their Standard Operating Procedure to arrange the seating for away supporters to be separate from the home fans for security and safety issues.
For the Malaysia Super League, FAS have always designated the farthest end of the Gallery section for travelling fans. As noted in the Goal Singapore article yesterday, a number of JDT fans had been in possession of Grandstand tickets intended for local supporters.
"The safety of our fans is of paramount importance to the FAS," added an FAS spokesperson. "In consultation with the authorities and security agencies, FAS have various security measures in place at the stadium on match day."
"FAS will continue to work closely with our authorities and agencies to ensure the safety of our fans during matches.