Singapore Football

Venga charged for tirade

Balestier Khalsa's Prime League manager R Vengadasalam has been charged by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) for bringing the game into disrepute.

This is for his part in a pitch-side incident during a Prime League fixture between Balestier and Warriors FC on April 19.

In response to queries from The New Paper, an FAS spokesman revealed that Venga will have until 7pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge, with the FAS disciplinary committee (DC) convening two days later to hear the case. 

The incident in question saw the 53-year-old launch a tirade at Warriors coach Alex Weaver after being upset at the Englishman's description of Balestier players as ill-disciplined after the S.League fixture between their teams on March 28 which saw the referee flash three red cards for Balestier in the 2-2 draw.

Weaver had said then: "It's a shame the league had to see that tonight... They've let the league down, without question.

"As a foreigner, you see a lot of that in Asian football - guys losing their tempers and kicking out."

Upset over Weaver's comments on March 28, Venga had earlier admitted to calling Weaver an "English c***", in response to what he believed was a racist comment by the former Hougang United coach. 

"I will further explain the other side of the story to the DC," said Venga.

Weaver has submitted his account of the incident to the FAS, but he will not be charged.

- Shamir Osman