PETALING JAYA: The Pahang FA are incensed with the Football Association Malaysia’s (FAM) threat to demote them to the Premier League if they fail to settle their dues with former player Mohamed Borji of Morocco.
FAM had, on the orders of world governing body FIFA, docked Super League team Pahang six points on Tuesday.
The points deduction saw Pahang drop from second to third in the Super League standings – and missing out on next year’s AFC Cup competition.
Borji, who featured for Pahang in 2013, had complained to FIFA that the Elephants owed him US$125,000 (RM526,000) in unpaid salaries.
It is learned that FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber had ordered Pahang to make the payment in October last year. The FIFA disciplinary committee then sent Pahang a reminder on Aug 10 to settle the payment.
But Pahang are claiming that they parted ways with Borji amicably, with both parties agreeing to terminate the contract mutually on April 1, 2013.
That’s why Pahang FA chief executive officer Fahrizal Hassan is puzzled by FAM’s demotion threat.
“Borji agreed to mutually terminate the contract unconditionally. But he went and complained to FIFA ... how can we owe a player salary if the contract was terminated unconditionally?” said Fahrizal.
“We have replied to FAM three times regarding the matter ... each time with a copy of the contract termination forms, but we still got punished by FIFA. It’s all very strange for us. And now we are being threatened with demotion to the Premier League although we did not make any mistakes.”
Pahang are now claiming that FAM had failed to submit their explanation (on the mutual and unconditional termination of Borji’s contract) to FIFA, thus leaving them in a quagmire.
“We want FAM to prove that they had sent the documents to FIFA. The forms and documents which we sent are based on FAM’s templates ... and they were sent to FAM three times,” said Fahrizal.
“We need to know what went wrong and why FIFA are still taking action against us, although we provided them with proof.”
FAM secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin could not be reached for comments.
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