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No action for sub bungle

May 1, 2014 - 12:29am

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An administrative error during an ‘A’ Division football match last week has thrown the spotlight on the schools competition.

Saint Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC) beat Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) 2-1 in a Group A preliminary match last Tuesday.

The result saw SAJC qualify as one of the eight quarter-finalists in the competition, at the expense of HCI. But the Saints made five substitutions during the game, one more than the permitted four according to the rules set.

The bungle was somehow not noticed by the referee and his two assistants, who were appointed by the Football Association of Singapore.

HCI lodged an appeal after the game to ‘A’ Division football convenor Jonathan Ram, which eventually proved unsuccessful.

This is in stark contrast to similar cases in the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League, where the teams that broke the rules paid the price by having the match awarded to their opponents.

When The New Paper met Millenia Institute head of department for PE and sports Ram yesterday, he refused to comment on the matter.

But Millenia Institute’s principal, Tan Wan Yu, explained in a reply to an TNP's e-mail query that the both HCI and SAJC have accepted the decision to allow the result to stand.

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