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[Media Information] Slobodan faces touchline ban and $10,000 fine & Rescheduling of S.League matches due to Yemen vs Singapore Olympic qualifiers

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore)

The Football Association of Singapore released the two following media statements pertaining two separate matters.

1) FAS gives Slobodan S.League touchline ban and $10,000 fine
Technical Director will also face DC on March 15

SINGAPORE, 9 March 2011:
We refer to the incident in which FAS Technical Director Slobodan Pavkovic was sent off during the match between Courts Young Lions and Geylang United on 3 March 2011 at Jalan Besar Stadium for manhandling the referee, Mr. Sukhbir Singh, in the 77th minute.

FAS has taken administrative disciplinary action against Slobodan Pavkovic and imposed a touchline ban for the rest of the Great Eastern – YEO’S S.League season with immediate effect. In addition, Slobodan has also been fined $10,000.

“I deeply regret my actions and I fully accept the punishment meted out by FAS. I approached the referee immediately after the match to apologise in person and the next day met FAS management, coaches and players to personally apologise to them as well. I understand the importance of maintaining my discipline, composure and professional conduct at all times and I will now await the decision of the Disciplinary Committee” said Pavkovic.

FAS General Secretary, Winston Lee said: “FAS takes a serious view of such incidents and we would like to reiterate that FAS will not condone referee abuse, both physical and verbal. If any club official or player is unhappy with the performance or decision of the referees, there are proper channels for him or her to seek redress or clarification after the match.”

As part of the S.League standard operating procedure for such cases, the Disciplinary Committee will convene on March 15.

9 March 2011

2) Yemen vs Singapore Olympic qualifiers to be played in United Arab Emirates
Two Great Eastern-YEO'S S.League matches to be rescheduled

9 MARCH 2011: Please note that FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have jointly decided that the matches between Yemen and Singapore in the Asian Men’s Preliminary Competition for the Olympic Football Tournaments London 2012 will be played at the Khalifa Stadium, Al Ain Club (Al Ain City) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 19th & 21st March 2011.

FIFA and the AFC had earlier decided that both legs of the first round must be played on neutral territory to ensure that matches proceed "in a totally safe and secure environment". Yemen will technically host the first-leg match on 19 March 2011 whereas Singapore will be "at home" for the second-leg match on 21 March 2011.

Please find below details of the Singapore squad.

S/N Full Name Position Club
1 Izwan Mahbud GK Courts Young Lions
2 Syazwan Buhari GK Courts Young Lions
3 Eddie Affendy Chang DF Courts Young Lions
4 Afiq Yunos DF Courts Young Lions
5 Shakir Hamzah DF Courts Young Lions
6 Shahir Hamzah DF Home United
7 Hariss Harun MF Courts Young Lions
8 Ignatius Ang Yu Heng MF Courts Young Lions
9 Faritz Abdul Hameed MF Courts Young Lions
10 Faris Ramli MF Courts Young Lions
11 Izzdin Shafiq MF Courts Young Lions
12 Nazrul Ahmad Nazari MF Courts Young Lions
13 Shahfiq Ghani MF Courts Young Lions
14 Syafiq Zainal MF Courts Young Lions
15 Zulfahmi Arifin MF Courts Young Lions
16 Safirul Sulaiman MF Courts Young Lions
17 Yasir Hanapi MF Geylang United
18 Fazli Ayob FW Courts Young Lions
19 Khalili D’ Cruz FW Courts Young Lions
20 Navin Nigel Vanu FW Woodlands Wellington

Due to the Olympic qualifiers, the following Great Eastern-YEO'S S.League matches involving the Courts Young Lions have been postponed to a later date.

Postponed Matches:
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Match no.24: Courts Young Lions vs Gombak United (Jalan Besar Stadium)

Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Match no.31: Courts Young Lions vs Albirex Niigata FC (Jalan Besar Stadium)

The Football Association of Singapore will announce details about the rescheduled matches at a later date.
9 March 2011


  1. You got to be very very patient with them S-League referees and linesmen, even as a neutral spectator. A very very stiff punishment and fine for Pavkovic, nevertheless I don't blame him, if you know what i mean...

  2. "He manhandled the referee, and something like that shouldn't be taken lightly. Their punishment is justified, and not too harsh, nor too light."

    That's my opinion period, as mentioned on TODAY (10/3)


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