PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CLUB RUN LIKE AMATEURS, SALARY NOT PAID ON TIME

Dear A.S.S. Editor

It puts me to great shame reading the article of the sad state of Singapore’s professional football league. When it was launched by then PM Goh, this was a national project. Launched with a big hoo haa, and started of with a bang, with crowds coming down to watch good football on display.

Sadly, that is no longer the case now. National project or not, the league had a lack of sponsors from those big corporate giants, even in the league’s heyday. And today came news of another new low. Apparently, Tampines players have gone two straight months getting paid their salary late. Now imagine this happening in any other industry, surely the MOM would have stepped in and taken to task that company. For this football club, nothing was done, the players just suffered in silence.

And just to show how unprofessional the club is run, they were fined recently by the Asian body for forgetting to bring a second jersey for their match! Their reason? Kit supplier could not make their jerseys on time! And this is a professional club! Run like a amateur Sunday soccer team.

People’s livelihood depends o the club paying players salary on time, yet this cannot be done. If this is professional, then might as well just close shop. Can’t even run one club properly.

Samir Omar

A.S.S. Contributor

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