Hougang suspend Fadhil, report Warriors for tapping up player

Goalkeeper Fadhil Salim has been suspended and left out of the Cheetahs' training tour of Malaysia, while an official complaint has been lodged against Warriors FC.

The 31-year-old was a standout for Hougang United last season, but looked on the verge of a move to S.League champions Warriors FC as a replacement for the outgoing Hassan Sunny.

The move appeared to have broken down earlier this month, with coach Alex Weaver opting to go with the relatively unproven pair of Neezam Aziz and Daniel Ong.

However, news has now emerged that the Hougang administration is unhappy with the approach from the Warriors, and have reported them to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

"The S.League has received an official complaint from Hougang United FC alleging an unauthorised approach for one of their contracted players by Warriors FC," an FAS spokeperson said.

"The matter is still under investigation and as such we cannot make further comment."

Fadhil, who earned a national team call-up in 2013, is believed to be on a two-year contract with the Cheetahs that only expires in 2015.

He declined to comment on the matter, while a club spokesman confirmed that the goalkeeper had been suspended from club duties while the investigation was ongoing.

A Warriors FC spokesman acknowleged the complaint, but declined to comment further on the situation.

"The club can confirm that this matter is currently under investigation by the FAS/S.League and is awaiting further course of action from the league's management."

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