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The latest Singapore football news is here to provide the latest happenings in the world of Singaporean football in which considering as the main and popular sport in the country. Singapore: The FAS or Football Association of Singapore has advised the SPL or Singapore Premier League Squad Warriors FC to break off in the 2020 Singapore Premier League. In a talk to the media on December 31, 2019, Tuesday, FAS stated the decision was made within the “best interest of the club”. This comes after the Warriors FC chairman Philip Lam’s talk with the Straits Times where he brings up that the team had “declined” the settlement by the association. Philip stated:
“We have rejected the FAS decision, and have asked for an urgent meeting, while we also seek legal counsel on the matter. It is sad the FAS has not engaged us in this matter and heard us out before it reached this decision, and we hope to hear from the FAS soonest over this decision to have Warriors sit out the 2020 season.”
In its answer to media questions, the Football Association in Singapore committed that it had written to the team, advising it to sit out of the Singapore Premier League and Singapore Cup for the next season.
“The decision to instruct WRFC (Warriors) to sit out the upcoming season was made in the best interests of the club,” FAS stated.
Additionally, the team’s “dire financial state” which means it is powerless to comply with the squad licensing requirements anticipated of the entire SPL teams. Lam stated:
“At present, WRFC remains liable for a significant amount of debt owed to employees/players and social/tax authorities. These outstanding liabilities have also been the subject of court proceedings against WRFC. This situation has persisted for some time, and the amounts remain substantial. There might be further debts to which FAS may not privy to. To date, WRFC has not yet been able to sufficiently demonstrate that it would be able to meet these outstanding before the start of the 2020 SPL season.”
In the session of the sit-out period, the Warriors must focus its work to combine its resources and not put any added liabilities without the guarantees of new revenue systems. The institution stated it has also been in talks with the team since at least September this year.
It added, “Notwithstanding, the FAS remains committed to assisting the club to pull through this difficult period, and will continue to render our assistance where we can.”