The S.League match between Courts Young Lions and Harimau Muda B held at Pasir Gudang Stadium on Sunday evening was abandoned with over three-quarters of the game played and the score at 2-1 to the Singapore side after home fans threw smoke bombs and flares on to the pitch.
The Ultras faction for Harimau Muda had repeatedly used smoke bombs and flares during the course of the match and the game was first temporarily suspended at the 76th minute following Sherif El Masri's quickfire double to put the Young Lions in the lead.
The Football Associaton of Singapore (FAS) formally confirmed that the match was abandoned at the 84th minute due to concerns for the safety of the players given 'crowd control issues'. Despite the match officials waiting 45 minutes for the situation to alleviate, the decision was made to call off the match 'following discussions with the authorities, in the interest of the safety of the fans, players, and officials,' according to a media statement issued by the FAS on Sunday night.
Courts Young Lions are at the bottom of the S.League table with just two wins to their name while Harimau Muda B are 10th, with both teams being three games short of completing the season.
This is the first such incident of an S.League match being abandoned due to the use of flares and smoke bombs.
The S.League has seen a recent rise in the use of pyrotechnics like flares at matches, and other than the Harimau Malaya Ultras, at least one fan group from a Singapore-based club is known for the practice.