MELAKA: Allegations that the new logo for Melaka United Football Club (MUFC) is plagiarised from existing designs should be probed before it leads to backlash, says former Melaka chief minister Adly Zahari.
"I am not blaming anyone but we should look into the allegations before it leads to backlash," the Bukit Katil assemblyman said in an interview on Wednesday (Aug 26).
Adly, who was the former Melaka United Soccer Association (Musa) president, said the association's current board should look into the welfare and performance of the players instead of wasting time on matters like new logos.
"The logo can be unveiled later once the recovery movement control order has ended," he said.
The design of MUFC's logo drew ire from soccer fans who alleged that it was plagiarised.
Fans claimed that the designer who took part in a logo-designing competition copied it from either English amateur team Banstead Rovers or Australian health food company Bare Blends.
The logo was submitted by a supporter from Alor Gajah, whose entry was selected from nearly 100 other designs in the MUFC logo competition held in August this year.
Meanwhile, Musa president Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said the logo incorporated the Melaka tree and had not been copyrighted by anyone so far.
He said the logo would only be used officially by MUFC once it has been lawfully copyrighted.
Sulaiman, who is also Melaka Chief Minister, said 2020 was the final year that MUFC will be managed by Musa before it is converted into a professional football club.
“It's time for Melaka United to move on through the privatisation of the club, which is a mandatory condition before they can join the Malaysia League in the 2021 season as Melaka United Football Club.
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