GEORGE TOWN: The Football Association of Penang (FAP) will make an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision of the world football governing body FIFA.
Their president Dr Amar Pritpal Abdullah said yesterday he was very disappointed with FIFA’s decision to dock six points off the team’s league tally due to the mistakes made by the previous management.
He said the new management were prepared to pay penalty charges which were higher than the original claim if the ruling on the six-point deduction could be withdrawn by FIFA.
“We will appeal to the CAS against FIFA’s decision which seems to be harsh on the Penang team that successfully overcame all obstacles to qualify for the Super League next season,” he said at a press conference here.
Last Sunday, the FAP were handed a six-point deduction by FIFA after they were found to have failed to adhere to the instructions and time frame set by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to settle the wages of former Brazilian defender Reinaldo Lobo.
Dr Amar said the FAP, with the help of the state government, were working to appoint a lawyer to file the appeal in the near future.
“The appeal process is underway, and I expect the decision to not take too long, maybe within a month or two,” he said.
Meanwhile, Penang Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee who was also present at the press conference said the state government hoped the CAS would look at Penang’s appeal and give a fair decision.
He said every year the state government would give more than RM5mil to manage the team as well as to acquire players who could improve the quality of the squad.
“Following the efforts put in by the players, coaches and management (to qualify), we hope Penang will still be able to play in the Super League next season,” he said.
On March 25, FIFA sent a letter instructing the FAP to pay US$90,000 (RM370,000) with five per cent in interest to Lobo.
FIFA also imposed an additional fine of US$10,000 (RM41,000) due to FAP’s failure to make the payments as directed by the National Dispute Resolution Chamber.
On April 17, the FAP made a payment of US$92,597.72 (RM386,391.77) to Lobo’s bank account without the Football Association of Malaysia’s knowledge, and on April 29, Lobo’s counsel sent a letter to FIFA to inform that the payment had been received, however, it did not meet the required amount of US$97,041.83 (RM399,379.06). — Bernama