PETALING JAYA: M-League teams have been ordered to pay their President’s Cup and Youth Cup players a minimum of 25% ex-gratia, after both both competitions were scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) axed both competitions and the Malaysia Premier Futsal League (MPFL) yesterday because of the restrictions on contact sports, availability of venues, financial constraints and a ban on mass gatherings.
The President’s Cup and Youth Cup players have feared being left in a lurch because of the poor track record of Malaysian teams in paying their players’ salaries.
FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said the national body could hold the team’s annual grant if they do not pay the budding players their salaries.
“We have instructed the teams to pay a minimum of 25% of the players’ salaries from June to November and they will have to pay the full salary for the earlier months until May, ” said Stuart in a virtual press conference yesterday.
Stuart said FAM have also appealed to the government for the resumption of the M-League and centralised training camp for the national team and the Under-19 team.
The senior team will have to prepare for the 2022 World Cup-2023 Asian Cup qualifying campaign which is likely to be held from Oct 5-13.
The national Under-19 team, meanwhile, are preparing the team for the AFC Under-19 Championship in Uzbekistan on Oct 14-31
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