Warriors FC fined S$26,000 for failing to pay players, coach, and for breach over hiring security officers

11/1/2022 12:36:00 PM

Warriors FC fined S$26,000 for failing to pay players, coach, and for breach over hiring security officers

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Warriors FC fined S$26,000 for failing to pay players, coach, and for breach over hiring security officers

SINGAPORE — Warriors Football Club , the most successful club in the Singapore Premier League, was fined S$26,000 in a district court on Tuesday (Jan 11) over seven employment related charges including its failure to pay players over S$70,000 on time.

The club’s lawyer, Mr Azri Imran Tan from the law firm IRB Law LLP, said his client was unable to pay the fine in full at present due to financial issues, which “ironically are what led to the commission of the Employment Act charges in the first place”.

“”According to court documents, the club had failed to pay six employees, who were under contracts of service, their total salaries upon completion of their service.The other players, who were owed between three and four months’ salary in 2019 were:Mr Poh Yi Feng - S$12,794

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A representative from the club had pleaded guilty to six charges under the Employment Act for not paying five players and a coach, as well as to another charge under the Private Security Industry Act over the employment of security officers.failing to pay more than S$110,000 in salaries to a coach and several players.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn SINGAPORE: A 61-year-old man has been arrested after an incident outside Red Swastika School where a car was seen pushing against a security officer.

In sentencing the nine-time domestic champions, the court took into consideration 127 similar charges. The club has been ordered to pay the first instalment of the fine on Jan 31, with the last tranche due on May 3 in 2023. A representative for the club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to seven charges, mostly under the Employment Act, with another 127 charges taken into consideration. The club’s lawyer, Mr Azri Imran Tan from the law firm IRB Law LLP, said his client was unable to pay the fine in full at present due to financial issues, which “ironically are what led to the commission of the Employment Act charges in the first place”. There is also a separate probe into the behaviours of the government officials who joined the party. The lawyer said the club began encountering financial difficulties in September 2018, when it was reported that the club had defaulted in paying the salaries of some players and staff. Warriors FC also owed more than S$33,200 in salary to coach Lee Bee Seng. Mr Tan said the financial issues escalated the following year, and it has only worsened with the onset of Covid-19. Police investigations are ongoing.

“ The club simply had no cashflow to make the needful payments during the relevant period of offending. In total, including charges taken into consideration, the club did not pay more than S$300,000 in salaries to 35 employees. In interviews with local media and through leaked photos, some guests were found to have failed to use the LeaveHomeSafe app or wear their masks when not eating or drinking. Warriors Football Club lawyer Azri Imran Tan ” Nevertheless, Mr Tan said the club has since made full restitution to the staff involved in the six Employment Act charges. OWED SALARIES According to court documents, the club had failed to pay six employees, who were under contracts of service, their total salaries upon completion of their service. The club has since made full restitution to its employees. Among the five footballers who had the highest salary in arrears was French striker Jonathan Behe. As for Cathay Pacific, Mrs Lam said: “This has to be put under full investigation and we will take the legal action once we have the full evidence of what wrong it has gone into. He was owed S$20,253. It was a requirement to implement enhanced security measures for matches, and this was communicated to the club by the operations director of the S-League in March 2016. Union of Security Employees representatives visited security officer Neo Ah Whatt (second from left) at home on Jan 11, 2022.

85 between Sept 1 and Nov 7 The other players, who were owed between three and four months’ salary in 2019 were: Mr Ignatius Ang - S$15,992.50 Mr Muhammad Fadhil Noh - S$15,925 Mr Poh Yi Feng - S$12,794 Mr Yeo Hai Ngee - S$11,995 Also owed salary that year was the club’s coach, Mr Lee Bee Seng, who was not paid from June to December. The club notified only the S-League, in the"mistaken belief that this sufficed for legal purposes", court documents said.. He was owed S$33,238.80. However, the general manager of the club wrote an appeal letter, seeking a waiver. ‘MISTAKEN BELIEF’ The charge involving the Private Security Industry Act occurred on March 18 in 2016 when the club organised a match against Albirex Niigata Singapore Football Club at the Jalan Besar Stadium.” She said there have been over 200 cases of non-compliance with home quarantine orders and most of these offenders received jail terms of between seven and 14 days. "This is unacceptable behaviour.

Court documents stated that as the Singapore Premier League had mandated enhanced security requirements for football matches during that period, the club had to employ additional security officers to conduct security bag checks at the entrance to the Jalan Besar Stadium for the match. The club did not respond and did not make payment by that date. While the security officers were trained and licensed to be employed, the club had failed to notify the licensing officer appointed under the Private Security Industry Act of their employment, either before or after the match. Mr Tan said the club had notified only the Singapore Premier League of the employment of the officers in the “mistaken belief” that this sufficed for legal purposes. He said the club is"the most successful football club in Singapore history", winning the S-League a record nine times and"lifting the Singapore Cup on four occasions". This has turned into public fury in recent days, when it was found that prominent people attended the party despite warnings from Food and Health Secretary Sophia Chan days earlier against large gatherings . The club had appealed against a S$4,000 fine imposed at the time for the offence, but it was rejected by the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department. Court documents said the club did not respond to the rejection, nor did it make any payment despite multiple reminders to do so.1 million.

Addressing the club’s financial status, Mr Tan said it had “no intention to make excuses for failing to pay its employees their salaries”. The government including shutting of gyms and placing a ban on restaurant dining in after 6pm. “However, it is hoped that this Honourable Court will understand that the club did not actively, wilfully, or deliberately take a decision not to pay salaries,” he said. Mr Tan said it was financial issues that led to the offences in the first place, and that these worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The truth of the matter, the lawyer said, was that at the material time, the club was in a position of genuine financial distress and revenues were significantly less than expected. “The club simply had no cashflow to make the needful payments during the relevant period of offending. "What the club hopes to impress upon this honourable court today, however, is that the outcome of today’s proceedings affects the future of the club and the football community in Singapore as a whole," he added. But Ta Kung Pao had also warned against “over-interpretation” of the scandal-hit birthday party.” Still, he said the club is not one that is “beyond hope”.

“It has been an institution in Singapore football." The judge allowed the club to pay its fine in instalments by May 2023. The current management are doing their best to clean up, and restore the club to its former glory. It’s unfair but what can we do?” Beauty salons are among 15 types of establishments forced to close for two weeks from Jan 7.” Related topics .