FAM reject suggestion to cap salaries

Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin: 'Money isn’t everything ... but good management, right choice of coach and a team with a good balance in depth is.'

PUTRAJAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have rejected the idea of capping salaries to curb match-fixing.

FAM general secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, who attended the association’s integrity committee meeting in Putrajaya on Thursday, said that salary cap was not the answer to match-fixing.

Selangor FA vice-president Datuk Emran Kadir had earlier suggested at the meeting that the disparity in salary among the players was one of the reasons for bribery and match-fixing.

“As a professional league, we should allow the teams to sign good players. But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t guarantee you trophies,” said Hamidin.

“Money isn’t everything ... but good management, right choice of coach and a team with a good balance in depth is.”

Hamidin also said that the players, team officials and referees in the M-League will have to declare their assets from next season.

“They will have to fill up a form to declare their assets and attach it with their registration for the M-League next season,” he said.

“The declaration of assets will be made compulsory and included in their contracts and the declaration forms will be submitted to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).”

On Thursday, FAM integrity committee chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat met his state counterparts for the first time to discuss allegations of match-fixing in the M-League.

All the state FA integrity committee representatives, except for Malacca, attended the meeting.

“The representative from Malacca could not attend the meeting ... there must have been a miscommunication somewhere,” Aseh said after the meeting.

“We have decided to meet four times a year and the state integrity committees will submit a report every three months.”

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