Brunei DPMM announced that they are leaving Singaporean League due to new restrictions imposed by Football Association of Singapore (FAS).
S. League introduced age restriction to encourage youth development and reduce the foreign player quota from three to two invitees Brunei DPMM could make the decision to exit competition.
The club announced on their official website that they are planning to stay in Indonesia’s Ligue 1 in the next year.
While the Singapore-based clubs are required to register at least six under-23 players and eight under-30 players, Japanese invitees Albirex Niigata are also required to align with the new rules.
While it’s still uncertain whether such conditions apply to DPMM, the Straits Times reported that a meeting between the club officials and the FAS earlier this week did exactly come out well.
But FAS president Lim Kia Tong is hopeful that DPMM will remain to ensure the 2018 S.League season kicks off with nine teams as originally planned.
“We made it clear that Singapore, and in particular the FAS, has always treasured their participation in our league,” Lim told the Straits Times.
“DPMM have been participating in our league for a number of years and they’ve acquitted themselves very well, both on and off the pitch.
“They are a crystal clear example of clean sporting spirit. We made it clear that we do want them to continue to participate in our league, and we will do what we can to accommodate them for this to continue.”
Photo Credit: cbbs