League Cup News • July 20, 2014

S.League Community Expresses Condolences For MH17


Written by: Khalis Rifhan

When tragedy strikes, the world stands united in expressing sympathy, offering prayers to the victims and forming a pillar of strength for those affected.

That is exactly what the S.League community did in the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17), Boeing 777-200, that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday night (Singapore time).

A day after the fateful event, footballers, coaches and fans observed a minute of silence for those affected before the StarHub League Cup quarter-final matches between Tanjong Pagar-Warriors FC and Geylang International-Albirex Niigata (S) at the Queenstown Stadium and Jalan Besar Stadium.

“Like many people, we were left horrified and deeply saddened by the MH17 tragedy. The S.League is not just about football, it is also about community,” said S.League CEO Lim Chin.

“It could have been any of us on the flight, it could have been any of our loved ones.

“Just like the one-minute silence we held for the victims of MH370, last night’s moment of remembrance was a way of letting our S.League family – players, coaches, officials and fans – pay our respects to the victims, and to pray for them and their grieving loved ones.”

Singapore has also expressed its solidarity with Malaysia in a statement via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Singapore is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. The Government and people of Singapore send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims in this time of profound grief. We also stand in solidarity with the Government and people of Malaysia during this difficult period.”