Super League team call it quits as ‘they cannot sustain’

PETALING JAYA: Super League outfit Felda United have pulled out from the M-League next season.

The Felda management said in a press statement that their board of directors have decided to pull the plug on the team.

Sixteen Felda staff’s contracts have been terminated and they will be given compensation as per their employment agreement.

Felda, however, will continue running their football academy.

Yesterday, the Football Association Malaysia (FAM) said all 21 teams in the M-League have completed club licensing and privatisation which involves the change from Football Association (FA) to Football Club (FC).

However, two teams from the Super League, Melaka and Pahang and five Premier League sides – Penang, Kuching, Kelantan, UKM and Sarawak United – have been given conditional licences by FAM’s First Instance Body (FIB).

FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said the seven teams who have not fulfilled the requirements to obtain their licences have until Oct 31 to do so.

“These teams seem to have issues with third parties like the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and Social Security Organisation (Socso) over arrears payment,” said Stuart in a press conference at Wisma FAM yesterday.

“These teams have proof of their correspondence with the authorities but have yet to get feedbacks.

“If the seven teams fail to get their documentation in order before the deadline, the FIB can withdraw their licences and they cannot participate in the M-League next season.”

He also said UKM need to provide explanation in two weeks’ time on the status of their management structure.

“In UKM’s case, they have listed their coach Sulaiman Hussin as the team owner, so they need to clarify their situation to us,” said Stuart.

“We need to know how Sulaiman can handle the team financially.”

Stuart said the club licensing and privatisation move were just the first steps of getting the football administration in the country in order.

“It’s the first step and is a requirement by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and we have to follow,” he added.
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