The club announcement that second division Jahn Regensburg published on Tuesday actually sounds as if it could not be true …
It says literally: “As a result of an untimely notification of the loan transfer from Sarpreet Singh to SSV Jahn to the German Football League (DFL for short), no right to play for the first half of the 2022/23 season could be granted to date.”
The 23-year-old New Zealander, who is on loan from FC Bayern until the end of the season, is not allowed to play a game for his current employer until the end of the year! “In the coming winter transfer window and the associated registration period, this step can be made up for, so that an application for the right to play can be submitted from this point in time,” the Oberpfälzer message continues.
An incomprehensible form error that would be an absolute rarity even in amateur football. The victim is Singh, who was loaned to Regensburg last season and excelled during that time. He scored five goals and set up eight more.
Towards the end of the season he fell out with a pubic bone injury. This also bothered him at the beginning of the current season, so he could not be used. That is why the formal error was not noticed by the public.
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Hans Rothammer, CEO of Jahn Regensburg, explains: “We are very unhappy about the processes and circumstances that led to this situation. In a personal dialogue with Sarpreet Singh, we were able to explain the facts and, in particular, to express our regret.”
Bayern got the midfielder from New Zealand club Wellington Phoenix in 2019 for 650,000 euros. After one season and the third division title with the Bayern amateurs, he was loaned to 1. FC Nuremberg. In the summer, Bundesliga promoted Werder Bremen were very interested in signing Singh.
Because the pubic bone injury turned out to be more persistent than initially assumed, the Hanseatic League finally refrained from a transfer.