Melaka face FIFA ban over Naruphon issue

PETALING JAYA: Oh dear, the Mousedeer have a ‘wild’ issue to deal with.

Melaka have incurred the wrath of FIFA and could face a ban from FIFA for the next domestic transfer window after failing to pay their former player Naruphon Wild (pic) his dues.

The Thai defender had parted ways with Melaka in July after he was only paid his February and one-quarter of his March salaries last year. He had signed a one-year deal with the club.

Naruphon has sent a letter of termination to the club on July 24, and also reported his plight to FIFA.

FIFA told the club to pay RM241,726.69 to the 33-year-old, and the player had officially communicated the matter with the club on Nov 12.

However, the club lapsed in their 45-day period and are now facing a ban.

Melaka chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Saiful Mat Sapri revealed that they had received a letter of notice from FIFA and would try to settle it quickly.

“We will pay Naruphon. We will try to settle this as soon as possible. Our lawyers are dealing with FIFA at the moment, and we will settle this case, ” said Saiful.

“Once the payment has been made, we will not face the risk of being banned in the next transfer window.

“We admit that last year, we faced wage issues because some of our sponsors did not fulfil their end of the bargain. When we took over the team in April, no sponsors signed with us. The players were aware of our situation.

“We will also settle the dues of some players from last season, ” he added.

Melaka have been embroiled in financial issues since last year.

For failure to settle dues before Jan 31 last year, the club were also docked three points. However, they were not docked any points further after agreeing with the players on repayment.

This year, the Mousedeer were given a national club licence but are still required to settle arrears with the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and contributions to the Employees Provident Fund amounting to RM276,169.75.

Naruphon’s case is the second FIFA case in less than a week.

Last week, Pahang were ordered to pay US$1.2mil (RM4.9mil) to national winger Mohamadou Sumareh by FIFA, but they have decided to fight the case.

It is learnt that Sumareh’s contract with Pahang is specified at a US$5,000 (RM20,362) increment per year after his second year with the team.

However, he claimed that his salary did not change after joining them in 2017. The US$1.2mil is the addition of the annual increments owed plus the breach of contract for 2020 and 2021.

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