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Former Socceroo Saad has ban lifted

Former Socceroo Abbas Saad has had a 14-year ban lifted for allegedly fixing matches in Singapore.

41-year old Saad was playing for Singapore in the Malaysian League in 1994 and was found guilty of match fixing.

The Singapore Football Association tried, convicted and fined the striker and he was also received a global playing ban from FIFA.

Saad had his sanction lifted in 1996 and was allowed to play in Australia but only recently did his 14-year ban in Singapore end.

Saad, who managed three caps for Australia on home soil in 1998, maintains his innocence in any wrongdoing.

"There was no money received by me at all," he told 442.com.au.

"Someone approached me once and said 'you score goals?' and I said 'of course I score goals, I'm a striker'.

"And so that conversation was taken out of context. There was no money received or nothing like that. I don't know how they built a case, I think it was a technical thing. I'm not a lawyer. So let's let bygones be bygones.

"Obviously I'm over the moon and I want to thank the FA of Singapore for at least giving me that second chance.

"Hopefully, I can now continue my life in a new era. I don't want this to be the main focus in my career because it's taken away the gloss and all the good things that I've achieved, especially in Singapore.

"And having been the first Australian to play in Asia, I can be a resource for everyone else at the moment. Hopefully that will come."

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