A bigger mess in Melaka with wage woes

  • Football
  • Saturday, 16 May 2020

Do us a favour: Melaka captain Razman Roslan (left) wants the management to settle their dues as soon as possible.

PETALING JAYA: Melaka, already in trouble over unpaid salary arrears, are now facing another outcry from players. The cash-strapped side have yet to pay the March and April wages due to players and officials.

And with Hari Raya just a week away, even captain Razman Roslan has stepped in, telling the management to settle their dues as soon as possible.

“They should settle the dues as soon as possible since it is Ramadan and Hari Raya is around the corner, ” said the 35-year-old centreback.

“The salary issues started way before the pandemic. I hope the management can settle this as soon as they can, ” he said.

The Mousedeer are already in hot water for failing to settle their players’ salary arrears before the stipulated deadline on Jan 31. They were given time by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to solve their players’ wages before the movement control order (MCO).

They were then given a lifeline by FAM’s Club Licensing First Instance Body when Melaka said their attempt to solve the problem was affected by the change of leadership in the association, a new state government and the MCO.

For not meeting the Jan 31 deadline, Melaka were docked three points and are languishing in 11th spot in the 12-team Super League with just three points, If the problem persists, they could lose more points.

On the proposed restart of the league in September, Razman said he believed that the Malaysian Football League (MFL) had done their best.

“Seven games in a month are tight, and the injury risks are much higher, but as players, we will look to boost our performance and give our all in training. Also, FIFA have made some new rules, so that helps with players’ load.

“We will not be playing in front of spectators, and training methods could change. It is different. I just hope the association can be managed well, and players can look after themselves well during this period.”

Razman who turns 36 in August said he was not thinking retirement or dropping down a division and felt he could play in the top level for two more seasons.

“If given a chance, I want to play on for two more years, ” said the Selangor-born. “If not, I will go into coaching because I have an AFC B licence. I will not stop there, as I would like to take higher-level certificates.”

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