PETALING JAYA: Premier League outfit Kelantan have been docked three points and given until the end of the month to settle their players’ wages arrears. If they do not do so, they will be booted out of the 2021 M-League season.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have thrown the book at the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) after they missed the third instalment on July 30, despite having been given an extension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The docking sees Kelantan go from four points and seventh in the 12-team league to just one point and 10th place. However, they have a game in hand.
The decision to dock points was made in the First Instance Body (FIB) meeting via a teleconference.
“KAFA, in a letter to FAM dated July 30, had asked for extension of time until the end of the 2020 season but the FIB have decided to stick to the deadline and will inform the Malaysian Football League (MFL) to have the deduction done, ” read FAM’s statement.
“KAFA now have until Aug 31 to settle the outstanding salaries of players and officers to meet the club licensing requirements for 2020. If they fail, they will not obtain a licence this year to compete in the Malaysian League 2021.”
At the meeting, cases involving three other teams – Melaka, Police and Sarawak – were also discussed.
Super League sides Melaka and Police were handed a three-point deduction earlier this year.
Police have a case at appeal stage, while Melaka are being monitored. They have been settling their arrears in instalments, which has been agreed to by the players and officers.
Premier League side Sarawak only have arrears with the Inland Revenue Board (IRB). Kelantan, Police and Melaka are facing the same issue with the IRB as well and also other government agencies such as Employees Provident Fund (EPF) or Social Security Organisation (Socso).
According to the FAM Club Licensing Regulations, any debts with the IRB, EPF and Socso must be settled by payment or via settlement plan by Aug 31.
Failure to comply could affect the team’s chances to obtain the 2021 M-League licence.
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