Stuart: Players must make their grievances official for FAM to take action

PETALING JAYA, 22 Okt -- Setiausaha Agung FAM Stuart Ramalingam ketika sidang media sewaktu hadir bagi memberi penghormatan terakhir kepada mendiang Bekas Setiausaha Agung AFC Datuk Peter Velappan di kediaman mendiang hari ini.--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR: Some licenced clubs in Malaysia have not paid their players for months and many have criticised the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for allowing these teams to compete in the league.

However, FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam (pic) said the body’s Club Licencing Unit approve licences based on the facts received in documents from clubs.

When asked about salaries owed to players, he said some of the clubs only received one or two reports from players but it was not strong enough to revoke their licence.

“Players and officials are complaining but have not submitted their case. If a club have two cases, you cannot stop them from playing. The issue is between the club and the player.

“There must be some weight in these cases. If there are 30 to 40 cases in one club, then there is a possibility for the club to lose their licence.

“Take Kelantan for example. They were relegated but if they were still in the Super League, they would have been demoted because they were not given a licence,” he said after attending the 6th FAM Exco Meeting in Seri Kembangan yesterday.

Stuart said the Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA) also had issues but were allowed to participate in the Malaysian Super League with some sanctions.

“They owe players too but the players and the management have agreed to settle the matter outside of FAM. They had a mutual agreement. The only matter they need to address is to get a stadium security certification.

“They have to settle that with the stadium provider. Once they iron out their issues, they can play in the Super League,” said Stuart.

It was reported earlier that MISC-MIFA have a week to earn their slot in the Super League.

MISC-MIFA are the leading candidates to be promoted to the Super League as the replacement for Premier League runners-up Felcra, who have decided to pull out from the M-League.

M-League organisers Malaysia Football League (MFL) confirmed Felcra’s withdrawal and said MISC-MIFA would have to put forward the club’s three-year financial plan.

Meanwhile, FAM deputy President Datuk Mohd Yusoff Mahadi said the FAM league will be rebranded.

“We will be announcing the new format soon. Teams have until Nov 29 to register but FAM’s aim is to make the league interesting and there might be a change in name.

“FAM will fine-tune the format in a week’s time,” said Yusoff, who is also the Local Competition Committee chairman.

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