SportsSG has lodged a police report against Tiong Bahru Football Club (TBFC) alleging misuse of club funds and an attempt by a senior officer of the Club to delay and/or obstruct the completion of audits into the S.League sit-out clubs.
SportsSG said that it decided to act after receiving a letter alleging that a senior officer of TBFC instigated another club to unnecessarily “delay and/or obstruct” the completion of audits until after the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) election next week.
SportSG in its statement to the press wrote:
On 19 April 2017 at about 7.50pm, SportSG made a police report in respect of suspected misuse of Tiong Bahru Football Club’s funds and a purported attempt by a senior officer of the Club to delay and/or obstruct the completion of audits into the S.League sit-out clubs.
On 3 April 2017, SportsSG received a letter from a named individual alleging that a senior officer of a Football Club had instigated another club to delay and/or obstruct the completion of audits until after the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Elections, scheduled to be held on 29 April 2017, with false reasons. The said audits had been initiated in mid-2016 by the FAS in response to queries by SportsSG. SportsSG is concerned with the impact which this might have on the propriety and integrity of the audits.
Following the media reports that Tiong Bahru Football Club had donated $500,000 to the Asean Football Federation (AFF) through the FAS (Football Association of Singapore), SportSG looked into the matter, and received further information on 18 April 2017. SportsSG subsequently made further checks and received information, which raise some serious questions about the use of funds.
Based on legal advice, SportSG decided to file a police report.
SportSG will also request to meet the FAS’ Ad-hoc Electoral Committee to clarify the way ahead for the upcoming elections.”
In response to media queries, a police spokesman confirmed on Thursday (20 Apr) that a report has been lodged by SportsSG in relation to a football club.
The Police will conduct a thorough investigation and will take appropriate action against any persons who have committed offences in Singapore. As investigations are ongoing, it is inappropriate to comment further at this point.
Meanwhile “The Middle Ground” reported that TBFC clubhouse at People’s Park Centre, Hougang United Football Club and Woodlands Wellington Football Club were raided by officers purportedly from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau at about 4pm Thursday (20 Apr).
FAS presidential candidate Bill Ng, is the chairman of Tiong Bahru and Hougang United. Woodlands Wellington has also been linked to Mr Ng, who made an unsuccessful bid to take control of the ailing club in 2011.