S-League to impose fines on bottom-two clubs next season
Despite widespread criticism from fans, the S-League will push ahead with its novel plan to fine the bottom two clubs from next season.
Its chief executive Lim Chin called it a necessary short-term measure to boost the ailing competition and its falling attendances.
"We've got quite a long way to go before a relegation system can be introduced, so this is the current solution to improving the league's competitiveness," Lim told The Straits Times on Thursday.
"This gives clubs something to fight for till the last game and to finish as high up as possible."
This gives clubs something to fight for till the last game and to finish as high up as possible. We've got general consensus from the club chairmen that this is the way forward. Teams must feel the pinch for them to be effective.
- Lim Chin, S-League chief executive
The fines show that the league is taking proactive measures to improve itself. In the long run, Singapore football will benefit. Now, we'll see which clubs are serious about being in the S-League.
- R. Sasikumar, former Singapore international
IT’S NOT FINE
It’s a waste of time if we think this will win fans back. We should be spending more time and money in marketing as well as engaging schools to attract fans.
– Aleksandar Duric, Tampines striker
The struggling clubs are usually those on tight budgets with average players. The fines will only put them in deeper financial trouble.
– Shahril Jantan, Singapore Armed Forces FC goalkeeper
S-League 2013: The changes
- Second-last and bottom clubs (12th and 13th) will be fined $30,000 and $50,000 respectively
- Each club can sign up to five foreign players, including one "marquee" signing who is not subject to a salary cap
- After the 13 teams play each other home and away, the top seven clubs will carry forward their league points and play one another once, in a mini-league, for the S-League title
- Lump sums will be given to clubs to improve their marketing efforts and boost attendances
- Teams to work closely with ITEs, schools and the community to source for players and fans