FAM to make teams pay

  • Football
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: Pay up or be docked – that’s the first part of a three-tier warning issued by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to three teams.

Super League clubs Melaka and Police and Premier League side Kelantan have to pay their dues to players and officials by Jan 31 or face starting the season with a deficit of three points.

FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam has issued a statement to the three teams giving them two weeks to settle the delayed salary payments or reach a settlement agreement plan with the players and officials.

Failure to do so by Jan 31 would see the teams docked three points when the league starts on Feb 29.

“No points will be deducted if they can solve the problems fully or reach a settlement with the players before the due date,” he said.

“If they fail to pay up, there will be a second deadline of Feb 28. If they do not succeed in settling their debts by then, the teams will be docked an additional six points for a total deficit of nine.

“If they still cannot settle their dues by the third deadline, which is March 30, the team will be kicked out of the league.”

Stuart went on by saying that teams who break the terms in the settlement agreement with players and officials, will be deducted three points.

“We would like to remind that any teams that have come up with a settlement plan before the first deadline but if they break the terms, we will deduct three points immediately.

“FAM hope the three teams will give serious attention to this matter and adhere to the guidelines set by FAM if they do not want to see points deducted or be kicked out.”

In recent weeks, Melaka and Kelantan have pledged to settle the overdue wages by this month and players have come out to say they have reached settlement agreements with the team. Police have kept mum on the matter.
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