Football: Singapore-Selangor match at Shah Alam Stadium called off due to haze

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SHAH ALAM - The annual Sultan of Selangor Cup football match between Selangor and Singapore at the Shah Alam Stadium tonight has been cancelled due to the haze.

Organising chairman Tan Sri Abdul Karim Munisar said the cancellation was due to the concern of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah for the health of the players and public.

"Tuanku has instructed the cancellation for the reason that he is concerned about the health of the players, students and public," he said.

Abdul Karim said the organising committee was working with the Selangor Health Department in monitoring the air quality and the decision to call off the match was made after the Air Pollutant Index recorded an unhealthy level of 138 at 5pm Saturday with showed no sign of improvement.

He added that next year's competition will remain in Selangor and the sponsorships will roll over accordingly.

"Local councils which have bought tickets will receive the same amount for next year's competition without extra payment.

"Spectators who bought tickets can choose to get replacement tickets for next year's competition or a refund but we will make an announcement on the details in the coming days," Abdul Karim added.

T Avineshwaran reports that the curtain raiser match between veteran footballers from Selangor and Singapore was to kick off at 8pm and the main match between the Selangor Selection and Singapore Selection at 9pm.

Last year, Selangor edged the S-League Selection 2-1 with both goals coming from Paulo Rangel, who has since joined Terengganu.

Earlier, in the curtain raiser, the Selangor veterans and their Singapore counterparts played to a 1-1 draw.

The competition, initiated in 2001 to foster better relations between Selangor and Singapore, has gained a lot of interest among local football fans.

It was known as the Regent of Selangor Cup. With the coronation of the Sultan in 2003, the competition was renamed the Sultan of Selangor Cup.

Selangor have won the trophy seven times while Singapore on five occasions.

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