Replies to Media ● Nov 02, 2014

FAS’ reply to media query on new surveillance system at the National Stadium

The ‘Florence Nightingale’ of local football, Nurhafizah Abu Sujad broadens the reach of her quest to keep footballers in top condition, joining the Lion City Sailors while retaining her role as National Teams Head Physiotherapist.

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Any new measure that can help the authorities and us in the battle against football corruption will always be welcome, considered and studied by us.

The FAS already has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to match-fixing/football corruption which includes the permanent suspension from all football activities on any player or official, convicted in a court of law for football corruption offences.

Currently, our measures include compelling our players, officials and staff to be briefed by the relevant authorities before the start of each season on what constitutes match-fixing and corruption, and the consequences of being involved in it.

Players and officials are regularly reminded to report to their respective clubs and the relevant authorities immediately if they are approached by anyone who attempts to lead them in the wrong direction. All players must also undergo random lie-detector tests. This measure has had a big impact on reducing match-fixing and corruption in Singapore and we have been commended by FIFA and AFC for it.

Finally, we will contact out relevant partners, both in Singapore and overseas, whenever we receive information about possible match-fixing, and will work closely with them in the investigations.

We are encouraged that no players were convicted of match-fixing in Singapore in recent years. This is a positive sign. There was a case of attempted match-fixing last year when two foreigners offered a large sum of money to a club goalkeeper to persuade him to influence the result of a match. The player reported the incident to FAS officials who immediately informed the authorities. FAS also worked closely with them to investigate the matter and the foreigners were subsequently convicted and jailed.

Going forward, we urge the public to step forward to contact the relevant authorities whenever they have evidence of match fixing and corruption.