Football is round like our head?


Age discrimination has spread to football too?

I refer to the article “Singapore football imposes age quotas in bid to revamp S.League” (Channel NewsAsia, Dec 18).

It states that “The new changes will cap the maximum total number of local players over 30 at 36 – or 48 assuming the clubs do not sign foreigners.

Going by these numbers, there is no age discrimination at play, argued both Mr Thavaneson and deputy president Bernard Tan.

“It will be left to these players to prove to clubs they are worth signing,” said the former.”

If this is not the agecdiscrimination – what is?

It is bad enough that older workers suffer widespread age discrimination – and now it has spread to football as well.

As to “Each club will also be restricted to two foreign signings” – this may also be reflective on the problems of the overall job market – after decades of liberal “foreign talent” policies – not just in football – we may now end up with a situation that local talent may be literally “dead” (from foreign competition).

With regard to “For the 2018 season, the budget for each club will be cut by about 19 per cent to S$888,200” – why are we literally killing football first by cutting their main source of revenue  (jackpot machines) and now on funding too?

Leong Sze Hian




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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.