FAS to review feedback before deciding on sit-out clubs

Patrons going in Tiong Bahru FC at People's Park Centre, on June 14, 2017.
Patrons going in Tiong Bahru FC at People's Park Centre, on June 14, 2017. ST PHOTO : DESMOND WEE

Football Association of Singapore (FAS) vice-presidents Teo Hock Seng and S. Thavaneson have clarified that any decision pertaining to the status of the four sit-out S-League clubs must be made in consultation with its affiliates and the governance ad hoc committee.

While the intention is to bring Tanjong Pagar United, Gombak United, Woodlands Wellington and Sinchi FC back into the league and justify their jackpot room operations, the FAS council is still in the process of deciding its course of action and cannot act unilaterally.

Part of the duties of the committee is to "look into the member obligations of FAS affiliates" said Thava. "They will be engaging stakeholders to get their feedback on the implementation of stricter guidelines for our member clubs."

He added: "The ad hoc committee has yet to complete their recommendations and as such, the FAS council has not taken any action or issued any instructions to our members."

The jackpot rooms in clubhouses came under scrutiny during April's FAS election, when the Commercial Affairs Department raided Woodlands, Hougang United and National Football League club Tiong Bahru FC over suspected misuse of funds.

The committee, led by FAS deputy president Bernard Tan, was set up in late May to meet the new FAS council's promise to review the governance of the FAS within the first 30 days of its existence.

A third-party audit was also carried out last month to assess the FAS' adherence to the April 2017 Revised Code of Governance for Charities.

A report that includes recommendations to strengthen processes and procedures to increase checks and balances within the association is expected later this month.

Only after the FAS council receives and reviews these recommendations will it proceed with any decisions, said Thava.

He also noted that non-FAS affiliates that "are operating clubhouses do not come under the purview of the FAS".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2017, with the headline 'FAS to review feedback before deciding on sit-out clubs'. Print Edition | Subscribe