FAS gets tough to stub out smoking among footballers

Starting with Young Lions, players who pledge to kick the habit will get support; those who flout rules face penalties

An S-League match between Albirex Niigata (in orange) and the Garena Young Lions in August 2016. The FAS' clampdown on smoking starts with the Young Lions, and is the latest in a slew of changes to the local game, as the S-League is also in the midst
An S-League match between Albirex Niigata (in orange) and the Garena Young Lions in August 2016. The FAS' clampdown on smoking starts with the Young Lions, and is the latest in a slew of changes to the local game, as the S-League is also in the midst of an overhaul.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is tackling the longstanding problem of smoking within the professional ranks head on.

The clampdown has started with the Young Lions, essentially Singapore's Under-23 squad who play in the S-League and represent the country at competitions such as the SEA Games and Asian Games.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2018, with the headline 'FAS gets tough to stub out smoking among footballers'. Subscribe