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New Singapore FA leaders to investigate $500,000 donation to AFF

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is set to investigate a controversial donation to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) when their new leadership is in place by the end of the month.

Last week, it was revealed that the AFF received S$500,000 from Singapore for its Football Management System (FMS) project in 2014 and 2015.

The amount was reportedly part of a S$850,000 donation to FAS from Hougang United and Tiong Bahru FC chairman Bill Ng, who leads one of the factions for the upcoming FAS election on April 29.

SportSG, the national governing body, has asked for more details to be disclosed.

“Much has been reported about the management of large donations to or through the FAS, and the source and management of these funds,” SportSG said in a statement reported in The New Paper.

“As the sports sector charity administrator, SportSG will require the new council to provide a complete and satisfactory report on the management of these matters.”

Ng’s Game Changers team for the election will fight against Team Lim Kia Tong, led by ex-FAS vice-president Lim Kia Tong.

Lim revealed that the S$500,000 donation was never discussed during his time with FAS, and asked the national body to be transparent about the matter.

“This is a very serious statement, calling into question the financial integrity of the FAS and raises questions about the nature of the transaction,” he told Today.

“The allegation raised cannot be left without a full and proper account of the facts.”