Discussions must be done in good faith, say PFAM

PETALING JAYA: Footballers plying their trade in the Malaysian Super and Premier Leagues are willing to discuss the economic impact on their contracts.

However, their employers have been reminded not to amend the contracts without the players’ approval.

Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) chief executive officer Izham Ismail said it is not fair to just have one “prescription” when it comes to contract talks and discussions should be done in good faith.

On Tuesday, FIFA issued a circular related to the expiry and commencement of player contracts and football employment agreements that can no longer be performed as the Covid-19 pandemic has seen footballing activities halted worldwide.

“Of course, there is no perfect solution and no one can have one prescription for this issue. The circular issued serves as a guideline and football associations would have to come up with solutions together with the stakeholders, ” said Izham.

“I would like to state here that a player’s contract cannot be amended without the agreement of the player.

“Therefore, it is imperative for players and clubs to make sure that all negotiations regarding this issue are based on the basic principle that contracts cannot be amended without the agreement or approval of the players.

“Players are free to negotiate but it must be done in good faith.”

Earlier, PFAM said that players would not meet their respective team management to strike a deal on pay cut as several M-League teams are feeling the financial constraints over the league’s suspension.

This drew the ire of the Football Association of Malaysia, who said they are not forcing the players to take a pay cut but to talk with their employers regarding an amicable solution.

“There is no point fighting now. We need everyone to come together and make sure all parties are well represented.

“As I said, discussions must be done in good faith.”

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