14 Oct '11, 9am

MFA says footballers in Italy will return home as planned

MFA says footballers in Italy will return home as planned

Genova International Soccer School (GISS) director Morris Pagniello at a press conference. 24 young Singapore football players and their coach were booted out of the GISS, after the Sembawang Soccer Academy (SSA) failed to pay its Italian counterparts 'a single cent'. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the 25 Singaporeans reportedly stranded in Italy while on a football training programme will return home as planned on Oct 19. In a statement released on Friday, the MFA said it had been in contact with the Sembawang Soccer Academy side, which was said to have been thrown out of their hotel after a contractual dispute with the Genova International Soccer School. The players - aged between 17 and 21 - have been in Italy since Aug 6. 'We have been assured that all the Singaporeans on the training programme are well,' a spokesperson from the ministry s...

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