PETALING JAYA: Melaka, one of three teams facing a docking of points over unpaid money, have promised that they will settle all salary arrears by the end of the month.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) set a deadline for Super League sides Melaka, Police and Premier League outfit Kelantan to settle their arrears before Jan 31 or face losing three points before the start of the season.
Melaka FA president Damian Yeo Shen Li said they had settled the arrears to all local players last season, including former skipper Shukor Adan and South Korean defender Jang Suk-won.
He said four other imports – Luka Milunovic, Patrick Reichelt, Davy N’guessan and Dominik Balic (Croatia) – and their President’s Cup and Youth Cup players will receive the money owed to them in a couple of days.
“FAM’s deadline is Jan 31 but I’m confident that we can solve all the arrears ahead of the deadline... we still owe wages to players from the President and Youth Cup but we will settle that very soon, ” said Damian.
“Most cases of unpaid wages are from the 2018 and 2019 seasons which is before I became president so it took me some time to solve it... I assure everyone that Melaka will settle all outstanding amounts, even those from previous seasons.
“We have not touched our budget for the 2020 season to settle the arrears. We will not face any problem of unpaid wages in 2020.”
Damian said Melaka had been working hard to put their house in order financially and thanked the corporate sector for supporting the team.
“We have four to five sponsors and we are looking into making Melaka FA work as a business entity. We need to make sure we can be independent financially... we should not be relying on the state government for funding, ” he said.
“What we need now is the backing of the Melaka fans.
“They need to support the team and our initiatives to raise funds for the team.
“We will be having a pre-season mini-marathon on Feb 23. I hope our fans will be there in numbers.”
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