Premier League has 'every reason' to return here

Premier League has 'every reason' to return here
THUMBS UP FOR SINGAPORE: Premier League CEO Scudamore praised the "excellent football, played competitively in a full and vibrant stadium".
PHOTO: The Straits Times

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has hailed the success of the Barclays Asia Trophy, which ended on Saturday at the National Stadium.

He also said the league has "every reason" to hold the biennial tournament here again.

"This past week in Singapore highlights what makes the Barclays Asia Trophy and the Premier League so special; excellent football, played competitively in a full and vibrant stadium.

"We saw the best of the Premier League in the commitment of Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City. I know they were blown away by the reception that they received from fans and the people of the Lion City.

"Singapore has given us every reason to seriously consider returning in the near future."

The competition saw the largest cumulative attendance in its 12-year history, with a record turnout of 81,974 over two match days.

It shattered the previous record of 76,336, set at the Hong Kong edition in 2007.

Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 in front of 52,107 fans at the National Stadium in the final on Saturday. It was a record attendance for both the venue, which opened in June last year, and the tournament for a single match day.

Stoke beat the Singapore Select XI, coached by V. Sundramoorthy, 2-0 to finish third.

Off the pitch, the Premier League also held courses for local coaches and referees.

On top of these, it gave the Football Association of Singapore $150,000 to help develop grassroots football.


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