PETALING JAYA: The Pahang FA will let their legal department handle the dispute with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over former player Mohammed Borji’s unpaid salary claims.
Borji, who featured for Pahang in 2013, had complained to world governing body FIFA that the Elephants owed him US$125,000 (RM526,000) in wages.
FAM then, on the orders of FIFA, docked Super League side Pahang six points on Tuesday. Pahang have also been threatened with demotion to the Premier League if they fail to settle the amount owed to Borji.
The points deduction saw Pahang drop from second to third in the Super League standings – forcing them to miss out on next year’s AFC Cup competition.
Pahang claim that they had parted ways with Borji amicably, with both parties agreeing to terminate the contract mutually and unconditionally on April 1, 2013 and that all documents pertaining to the termination had been forwarded to FAM.
It is learnt that FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) 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.
FAM said in a statement that they have sent all the documents to FIFA and that they have informed Pahang of the consequences of ignoring FIFA’s order.
The statement said that FIFA’s DRC have fined Pahang 15,000 Swiss francs (RM62,149) for non-compliance and 2,000 Swiss francs (RM8,285) for administrative cost.
FAM also said that the DRC’s decision was made after a comprehensive investigation and thorough check of the documents from the Pahang FA and Borji.
Pahang FA chief executive officer Fahrizal Hassan said he will discuss with Pahang FA president Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah and their legal department to decide on the next course of action.
“We received FAM’s statement on the matter, but they still have not provided us with proof that they had forwarded the contract termination forms to FIFA,” said Fahrizal.
“We are in the dark over the communication which took place between FIFA and FAM. We are curious why the decision went against us although we had legally terminated Borji’s contract.
“We will meet with our president to decide on the next course of action in a bid to end this dispute.”