27 Feb '11, 1pm

Football: Ex-national footballers face FIFA ban

Football: Ex-national footballers face FIFA ban

SINGAPORE: Two former national footballers may be disqualified from playing for Singapore now that they've joined Medan Chiefs, a club in Indonesia not sanctioned by the Indonesian football federation. Last week, Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan reportedly signed contracts worth nearly S$400,000 each, with the Indonesian Premier League, a breakaway from the official governing body of football in the country. The league is also not recognised by the world governing body, FIFA. The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said this could have long-term drawbacks for Shahril and Baihakki which it said can be "significant for a professional player". FAS president Zainudin Nordin said depending on FIFA's ruling, Shahril and Baihakki may find themselves disqualified from playing for Singapore and possibly FIFA-sanctioned leagues for a significant period of time. He said it woul...

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