Singaporean FA to amend constitution after FIFA scrutiny

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SAITAMA, JAPAN - JUNE 16:  Singapore players celebrate after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier second round match between Japan and Singapore at Saitama Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Football Association of (FAS) has insisted to amend its constitution after scrutiny from football governing body FIFA.

The FAS also revealed that FIFA demanded a review on its appointment process of the national body’s council members. Under the current rules, FAS chief and other members of the council are appointed by Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.

It has been in place since 1982, but according to FIFA rules, it was affirmed that all national football associations must operate independently and without any interferences from third parties, including the country’s government.

On the advice of FIFA, FAS said it has decided not to make changes to its office bearers for the time being. “We will also seek the consent of our members and affiliates as well as the necessary regulatory approvals for any changes to the constitution,” said FAS in a statement on Wednesday.

“We expect to amend our constitution by March next year, and will make a further announcement in due course on the timing of the council elections.”

A suspension for Singapore could end their participation in any football’s international levels, which happened to their neighboring country Indonesia after the government influences to the federation (PSSI) in May.