Security fears at Bangkok soccer clash

Security fears at Bangkok soccer clash

Security fears at Bangkok soccer clash

Updated 30 March 2012, 15:10 AEDT

Security will be beefed up at a Bangkok soccer stadium today, amid fears of clashes between fans from Thailand and Singapore.

Diplomatic strains between the two countries have spilled into the sporting arena.

Tournament organisers are trying to deter violence after a heated game on Wednesday, when Thailand staged a ten minute walk out after Singapore was awarded a controversial penalty.

Singapore went on to win the game 2 goals to one.

The on-field tensions reflect the current diplomatic relations between the two countries which are linked to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Mr Thaksin was granted a meeting with a senior member of the Singapore government last month, against the wishes of the Thai government.

As well Singapore firm, Temasek, is under scrutiny over its purchase of Mr Thaksin's telecommunications firm last year.

Bangkok's police chief is warning fans not to link politics and sport. .