Football: FAS bans Shakir Hamzah from all football activities

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Saturday night that Shakir Hamzah has been suspended from all football activities after the LionsXII defender was charged for going absent without leave from his National Service duties.

Currently serving a four-day stint in detention for his misdemeanour, the 20-year-old will also be brought in front of a disciplinary committee.

It is understood that on May 17, Shakir left his duties without permission to travel to Kuantan, where the LionsXII team were facing Pahang in a Malaysian Super League match that same night.

"The FAS is deeply disappointed by Shakir's gross misconduct as we had only recently counselled him regarding his attitude and performance as well as his frequent absence from training due to his medical leave, which he had begun to show improvement in recent weeks," an association spokesman said in a statement.

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