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FAS: JACKPOT MONEY SHOULD BE CHANNELED BACK INTO FOOTBALL

Funny how all these years of having professional football clubs, supposedly run like a business, and running jackpot machines at their clubhouse as a surefire way to make more money, yet they always complain of lack of funds. In fact, based on the Tiong Bahru saga, it seemed that they made $36.8million out of the jackpot machines! Their revenue higher than the FAS budget of last year. Even after subtracting all the taxes and money being put back in jackpot winnings, the income still amounted to $5m. And all these while, these S.League clubs are complaining about having a tight budget!

The money is right there under their noses. Just that they were not channeled back into football. So, whatever happened to the income generated? And only now FAS realised they should channel jackpot earnings back to the football? Professional run clubs and association, they are not.

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FAS IN SHAMBLES, TIME FOR FANS TO RETAKE FOOTBALL ADMIN FROM THE ELITES!

We know that our country's FIFA soccer ranking has been declining ever since the PAP gov installed a PAP minister to lead our soccer governing body FAS. Despite having history as our lesson, we continue to be nonchalant about it. Today, FAS is in shambles. Our local soccer is unattractive. It is nowhere near our previous high when we were a part of Malaysia Cup.

FAS spends a meagre $70k on community football but pay its key officials a staggering $1.6 million in salaries. Just how the hell did it happen?

The FAS council and committee members should be held responsible over the decline of Singapore soccer today. No one cared for its development despite records showing its decline. Everyone happily collecting hefty pay-check months after months. I don't even wanna talk about Zainudin Nordin. He's a wash out. I'm holding all the council and committee members responsible for the state that we are in today.

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FAS ELECTION SWEEPING TEETHING PROBLEMS UNDER THE CARPET

Whoever wins this election, it will be a hollow victory. After the accusations and counter accusations, which finally led to the CAD taking further actions in the donations saga, as well as revealing whata farce the FAS is in, as they have no control over the football clubs they are supposed to oversee.

And now, another promise from the Team LTK, who indicated that they will listen to their affiliates and make changes for the better of Singapore football. They are also a joke. A team made up of mostly Council members of the FAS, they don't even know what is happening in the association. Council members in name only, then?

These so-called football administrators have never listened to the ground before, what makes them think they can change? Another election tactics of promising everything good, but reverting to type once elected? They had managed to let the professional league turn from a big national project to a professional league that one hardly ever watch. And Singaporeans favourite sport is football. If you don't even want to watch your favourite sport live with easy access to stadiums, then that is total gross mismanagement of the sports.

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FOUR PEOPLE OUT ON BAIL OVER FAS DONATION ISSUE, INCLUDING FORMER MP

It has now transpired that the four people heavily involved in the FAS donation saga are all out on police bail. The four are Bill Ng, the person who first disclosed the donation figure of $500,000, his wife, who was listed as the owner of the property the Tiong Bahru FC jackpot machines are operated at, former FAS president and former MP Zainudin Nordin, and current FAS general secretary, Winston Lee.

All four were previously quoted as being individuals who were helping in the CAD investigations. It is understood that the bail amount differs for all the individuals, with only Bill Ng's amount of $100,000 disclosed. Being on bail means the four are no longer merely helping in the investigations, right?

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FAS ELECTION IS TURNING INTO A FARCE, SG BECOMING LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD

This team is Team LTK, whose members are made up of the outgoing FAS Council. If the members of the Council have no idea what the money was for, then what are they doing in the Council in the first place? Sit there and earn the money as Council members?

The other team contesting the elections is headed by the man who made the claims and donation of the $500,000. And the outgoing FAS president and his deputy keep saying they are also not to blame for the uncertainty of the donation money.

If the geoverning body of football in Singapore cannot get their act together, is it any wonder then that Singapore football are down in the doldrums?

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154 MEDIA REPORTS ON TIONG BAHRU FC JACKPOINT REVENUE, WHAT ABOUT FAS EARNINGS?

I refer to the article ‘How did Tiong Bahru FC get so much money?‘ (Sunday Times, Apr 23). It states that “In documents obtained by The Sunday Times, the club’s annual revenue for the year ending March 31 last year was $36.8 million, more than the Football Association of Singapore’s (FAS) budget of $35.8 million in the same period. Around $31 million was paid back in jackpot winnings and taxes.

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TIONG BAHRU HAD $37M REVENUE LAST YEAR AS FAS STRUGGLE TO GENERATE INCOME

The recent FAS saga have shown one thing, that nobody actually cares for the football in Singapore. It's all about the money and power, and that's why our local football will never go far. Forget about reaching the standards of the Japanese league, our own S-League could not even match up to Indonesia's, and they had their league suspended by FIFA for one whole year last year!

But out of this saga, we now have the surprising news that the Tiong Bahru Football Club had actually amassed a revenue of $36.8m last year!The FAS own budget for the whole of last year was $35.8m. And it was not only last year that Tiong Bahru FC had amassed millions via their jackpot machines. They had made between $11m - $36m in the years since 2011. They are a far richer club than the FAS and the professional S-League clubs!

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$500K FAS DONATION: CLAIMS AND COUNTER CLAIMS, BUT MAN IN THE MIDDLE KEEPS QUIET

It is unclear at this point if any laws have been broken over the donation, but when contacted, a spokesman for national sports agency Sport Singapore said: “We have requested FAS to provide full details on the donations and we are looking into the matter” – has any governance or other issues been breached with reference to the guidelines for IPC institutions?

As to “The one man in the middle of the debate who has not been heard from so far is Mr Zainudin. When The Straits Times approached the former Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP, he said he is unaware of the latest developments and will not comment for now.

He said: “I already said I won’t be commenting. I’m not running in the election.”

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ASEAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION CONTRADICTS FAS STATEMENT ON DONATIONS

As election fever heats up at the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), the controversy over a $500,000 donation by Bill Ng to the FAS continues to play out in the public eye. According to Bill Ng, who is leading a team of opposition leaders to vie for the management of FAS, he donated $500,000 to FAS for the betterment of Singapore football.

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FAS TO EXPLAIN WHERE DONATION MONEY WENT TO

SportSG has taken the FAS to task, and asked the FAS to submit a full report on how the huge donations was managed and used by the FAS. The allegations came to light when Hougang United chairman Bill Ng, who is leading a team to contest the April 29 FAS elections, alleged that he donated a sum of $850,000 to the FAS, but was not sure how the money was spent. The FAS then clarified that only $715,000 worth of donations it received could be linked with Ng. Out of this, $500,000 went to the Asean Football Federation's (AFF) football management system, where former president Zainudin Nordin had asked Ng to donate to the AFF.

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