FIFA slams brakes on Singapore FA polls over political interference

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Elections adjourned; National Stadium in Singapore.

FIFA has told Singapore’s football association to put internal elections on hold over possible political interference.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said it has been in talks with the world governing body, which opposes government interference in national football associations.

The FAS constitution available online states that all council members, including the president and deputy president, shall be appointed by a government minister and confirmed by voting at an annual general meeting.

FIFA’s request means that the FAS has had to shelve plans to elect a new council at its AGM this month.

“The FAS has been in communication with FIFA on the process of appointing office bearers,” the FAS said in a statement to AFP on Tuesday.

“FIFA has requested FAS not to make any changes to its office bearers until the FIFA has discussed the status of the FAS constitution pertaining to the appointment of the office bearers at its scheduled meeting in September 2015,” it added.

“Following its meeting, FIFA will advise FAS on the next course of action which may include changes to the constitution.”

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The Straits Times newspaper said Tuesday the term of the current FAS council, appointed on October 1 two years ago, will expire by the end of this month.

Since 2004, the FAS president has been succeeded by a vice president from the association, the Straits Times said. The FAS chief is traditionally an elected member of the ruling People’s Action Party.

In May this year, FIFA suspended Indonesia after the Jakarta government sought to oust the country’s football association.

A suspension for Singapore could end the city-state’s participation in ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifiers and rule Singapore clubs out of international competitions.

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American midfielder Jermaine Jones spoke about his return to the US international squad and the upcoming fixtures against Peru and Brazil.


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Javier Hernandez & Adnan Januzaj secure moves from Manchester United.

Bayer Leverkusen signed Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Manchester United for a reported fee of 7.3 million (Dhs30m) on Monday.

Hernandez, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, agreed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club just in time to beat the deadline on the last day of the German transfer window.

The 27-year-old was on the bench for United’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea City on Sunday, but he hadn’t started for the Premier League team for more than a year.

He returned to United in the close-season after scoring nine goals during his spell with Real, including the winner in their Champions League quarter-final against rivals Atletico Madrid, but manager Louis van Gaal has allowed him to leave permanently this time.

“I know two of the biggest leagues in Europe in the English Premier League and the Primera Division in Spain and now I want to experience the Bundesliga,” Hernandez said. “I’ve heard a lot about the fantastic stadia in Germany and about the unique fans they have there.

“The Bundesliga is an extremely attack-minded league and it’s particularly enticing for me. “It’s fantastic that I can now play for a club like Leverkusen, who are obviously known to me from the Champions League.”

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Dortmund announced that Januzaj will wear the number nine shirt for the club.

Januzaj told the club’s website: “Borussia Dortmund are a big club and the fans are meant to be really incredible here. I would like to achieve great things with this team.”

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The Martial announcement comes amid reports in France that the Premier League club are willing to pay a huge fee of anywhere between 50 million euros (Dhs205m) and 80 million euros (Dhs330m) to sign the teenager.

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