FCAM: Don’t abandon junior players if youth tournaments scrapped

  • Football
  • Saturday, 23 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Clubs in Malaysia should not abandon their young players even if the President’s Cup and Youth Cup competitions are scrapped this year.

Instead, the team managements have to come up with a win-win situation where the players will be cared for while teams do not make too heavy sacrifices, the Football Coaches Association of Malaysia (FCAM) said.

FCAM president B. Sathianathan has warned teams not to wash their hands of the President’s Cup and Youth Cup players even if the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) go ahead with their proposal to cancel the tournaments.

FAM are mulling the action due to uncertainty over dates for the end of the movement control order, restriction by the National Security Council (NSC) on contact sports, availability of venues, financial constraints and a ban on mass gatherings.

The cancellation of competitions will affect 21 teams in the President’s Cup and 19 teams in the Youth Cup and Sathia was afraid the teams may use “force majeure” (act of God) as an excuse to avoid paying compensation to the players.

The coach pointed out that the “force majeure” clause does not exist in M-League contracts and team management need to find an amicable solution for contractual disputes.

A “force majeure” clause essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an event beyond their control prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations.

“I hope the team management do not make arbitrary decisions.

“A contract is a contract and is legally binding,” said the coach.

“Please talk to your players and coaching staff before making a decision.”

The 62-year-old said the President’s Cup teams could contact their respective State Sports Councils to discuss keeping the team together for next year’s Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Johor.

He added that they could also consider having a carnival-type competition like the Burnley Cup when the government allows football to resume.

“I understand teams are facing financial difficulties.

“Maybe they can talk to the states for funding,” he said.

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