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The Singapore coach's alleged statements on the poor state of the S.League drew attention from the local football fraternity, as questions over authencity also arose

An article on Singapore coach Bernd Stange, published on a Malaysian site earlier this week, drew the ire of local football fans and even players, after the German was quoted complaining about the standard of the S.League.

In a post titled, ‘Watch S-League? I’d rather have a cup of coffee’, Stange reportedly claimed that the influx of foreign players has weakened the development of local players, and he had stopped attending S.League matches as a result.

"I see hope in this team (Singapore U23 team at the SEA Games) but sadly players are hard to come by nowadays," the 65-year-old claims in the interview.

“The S-League (sic) is full of foreign players…five per team. These foreigners are key players in every department. This deprives the locals. That is why local players do not get the exposure to develop their football career.

“I have stopped going to the S-League matches. I would rather have a cup of coffee in a coffee shop and watch TV."

The article soon made the rounds in Singapore, with many, including players, ruffled by the comments. Others noticed the stark difference in Stange's quotes and questioned its authencity, given that the Lions coach has always been careful of his public statements and been sighted at S.League games for most of the season since his appointment earlier this year.

A source close to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed with Goal Singapore that Stange has denied making the remarks. It is also believed that efforts had been made to have the article removed following confirmation from Stange, although FAS have yet to receive any replies from the publication.

In a new post, published on Thursday, December 12, the original report's author, Rizal Abdullah, who claims to have 'nearly four decades' of experience covering sports, reaffirmed the authencity of the quotes.

Along the way, I have interviewed hundreds of athletes and team officials and I am proud to say I have never been questioned by anyone for misquoting or made up quotes.

What I wrote about Bernd Stange and his views on the Singapore League is based on my conversation with him.

- See more at: http://www.sports247.my/2013/12/coffee-curry-puffs-and-stange/#sthash.0RwwJ354.dpuf

Along the way, I have interviewed hundreds of athletes and team officials and I am proud to say I have never been questioned by anyone for misquoting or made up quotes.

What I wrote about Bernd Stange and his views on the Singapore League is based on my conversation with him.

- See more at: http://www.sports247.my/2013/12/coffee-curry-puffs-and-stange/#sthash.0RwwJ354.dpuf
"I have interviewed hundreds of athletes and team officials and I am proud to say I have never been questioned by anyone for misquoting or made up quotes," he wrote in the article titled 'Coffee, curry puffs and Stange'.

"What I wrote about Bernd Stange and his views on the Singapore League is based on my conversation with him."

Rizal then goes to claim that he had omitted far more 'juicier' issues that had cropped up during his alleged 30 minute conversation with the Singapore coach, over coffee and curry puffs.

Stange is currently assisting Aide Iskandar with the Singapore U23 side at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar. Singapore overcame Vietnam 1-0 on Tuesday night following a disappointing 1-1 draw with 10-man Laos in the opening match. The Young Lions next take on Brunei on Friday before ending their group campaign against Malaysia on Sunday.

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“This is the team of the future. It has the talent and groomed for the future, starting with this year’s SEA Games. I see hope in this team but sadly players are hard to come by nowadays.

“The S-League is full of foreign players…five per team. These foreigners are key players in every department. This deprives the locals. That is why local players do not get the exposure to develop their football career.

“I have stopped going to the S-League matches. I would rather have a cup of coffee in a coffee shop and watch TV,” said Stange.

- See more at: http://www.sports247.my/2013/12/watch-s-league-id-rather-have-a-cup-of-coffee/#sthash.sblRzdVS.dpuf

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