Silver state get praise over salary payments

IPOH: While many teams in the M-League have been caught in a quagmire over unpaid wages, the Perak Football Association (PAFA) have come in for praise over the management of their team’s affairs.

No staff member has been sacked and all players were paid accordingly, even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Datuk Yusoff Mahadi said finances have always been the main issue for football associations in the country.

“Some teams were affected due to the pandemic but PAFA did well to make sure everything was under control, ” he told reporters after attending the opening of the PAFA’s 62nd Congress here.

Several states, including Kedah, have had issues settling their players’ salaries, some for months.

“Even the FAM are affected and we will continue to monitor the situation.

“We don’t want more teams to be affected, we want the players to continue having a career and an avenue to play, ” he said.

“I believe the players understand that if their team are in trouble, they will also be affected, ” he added.

Yusoff also said the Super League was still on track to resume on Aug 26, despite several areas in Kedah being under targeted enhanced movement control order.

He said players from the state have taken swab tests and there have been no issues so far.

“Even for friendly games, they will only play against teams that undergo tests.

“We don’t allow teams from outside (of the league), ” he said.

“As for the league, as long as the standard operating procedures (SOP) are sufficient, it will not be affected, ” he added.

Four sub-districts in Kedah have been put under lockdown following an increase in Covid-19 cases from the Sivagangga cluster in the state.

The Super and Premier League, which were suspended since March 16, are due to resume on Aug 26.

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