Deadline passes but Nair refuses to apologise

Despite being served a cease-and-desist letter by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), freelance writer Suresh Nair will not apologise over the two online articles he wrote about the resignation of Tampines Rovers chairman Krishna Ramachandra.

The FAS had given the 62-year-old until yesterday noon to comply with its demands to publish an online apology, and to stop making allegations against it.

However, in a letter sent to the FAS yesterday morning, Nair wrote: "I see no reason to retract my statements or to agree to any of the FAS Exco (executive committee) demands, as I'm able to substantiate the truth of what I've written.

"Do be rest assured that my interviews with third party sources did in fact take place, although I'm not obliged to reveal my sources."

An FAS spokesman said yesterday: "We have noted Mr Nair's response and will make a comment after due consideration."

It had served Nair the cease-and-desist letter on Saturday evening in response to two articles he wrote about the resignation of Stags chairman Krishna last week.

Nair had cited sources saying that the 45-year-old lawyer's private resignation note had been leaked to the media by the FAS council, according to unnamed S-League club officials.

The articles appeared on socio-political website The Independent and Malaysian sports news website Sports247my.

In its letter, the FAS had also insisted that Nair confirm whether his anonymous sources are true or fictitious.

Nair tried unsuccessfully to run in the April 29 FAS election. He was aligned to the Game Changers team led by Hougang United chairman Bill Ng and was set to contest as an individual candidate. However, he failed the required eligibility and integrity check.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2017, with the headline 'Deadline passes but Nair refuses to apologise'. Print Edition | Subscribe