Six teams get all-clear to compete in M-League

KUALA LUMPUR: Six teams have been given the national club licence, making them eligible to compete in the M-League this season.

The six comprise two sides in the Super League, Pahang and Melaka, and four in the Premier League - Kelantan, Sarawak United, Penang and Kuching City.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Club Licensing First Instance Body (FIB) chairman Sheikh Mohd Nasir Sheikh Mohd Sharif, however, said the conditional club licence issued to UKM FC earlier had been withdrawn as the team failed to meet the stipulated conditions.

He explained that even though Melaka have successfully obtained the national club licence, they are still required to settle arrears with the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) as well as contributions to the Employees Provident Fund amounting to RM276,169.75.

“Should Melaka fail to make the payments, they will face sanctions as well as withdrawal of the licence by FIB, ” he said in a statement issued by the FAM.

Sheikh Mohd Nasir stressed that the FIB would continue to monitor the six teams to ensure there were no more scheduled arrears or payments in compliance with the conditions of their licences.

The governing body also introduced a Statutory Declaration (SD) in 2019 to monitor arrears to players, officers, and government agencies after the licence was issued from July 1 to Nov 30 that year as a proactive measure to ensure teams settled their arrears.

All teams are required to declare their arrears including salaries, payments to IRB and EPF in the SD. — Bernama

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