FAS to launch investigation into racist remark

Zulkiffli Hassim of Balestier was sent off against Woodlands last Sunday night after the alleged racial abuse of the Rams' Trinidian defender
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have confirmed the beginning of the investigations into an incident that occured in the match between Balestier Khalsa and Woodlands Wellington in the S.League on Sunday, March 18.

Balestier forward Zulkiffli Hassim was given a red card after getting into a tussle with Rams defender Fabiel Lewis. Zulkiffli had allegedly racially abused the Trinidian player during the incident with the defender claiming he had been addressed using the N-word.

A formal investigation will now be carried out following the submission of the match commissioner and referee’s reports pertaining to the incident.

FAS addressed the situation in their press release:

"Following the incident, we have informed and reiterated to all the S.League clubs to reinforce on their players and officials that FAS has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of racial abuse in the game both on and off the pitch."

FAS spokesperson Kelvin Leong also commented on the situation.

“The S.League is a professional football league which prides itself on the professionalism of the competition and clubs involved," said Leong.

"We expect our players and officials to conduct themselves with the highest integrity and to respect one another despite the competitive nature of the game.

 “Football like any other sports is one that is extremely competitive and emotions can run high in the course of a match and at times, players and officials can be caught up in tensed situations where they need to exercise restrain and curb their emotions.

 “There is no place for racial abuse in our S.League and such acts will not be condoned. Any players or officials found guilty will be severely dealt with.”

No date has been set for the end of the investigation.