SINGAPORE (AP) _ A former star player on Singapore's national soccer team has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking $360,000 from a bank where he worked.

Lim Tang Boon, 41, received the sentence Monday, despite letters of support from a former national coach and his boss at Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp., where he worked from 1976 to 1992.

Lim, who joined the Singapore national team in 1977 and was voted the country's player of the year in 1980, pleaded guilty to taking the money from an account holding U.S. currency in 1991.

Judge S. Thyagarajan said he took into account the letters of support _ which urged leniency _ but also had to consider the size of the sum involved, according to the newspaper The New Paper.