IPOH: The Perak Football Association (PAFA) have described the delay by the management in settling the salary arrears of their players as something that should not have happened in this era of professional football.
Acting PAFA president Datuk Mohd Yadzan Mohammad said this was because the Perak management should have made detailed planning on all aspects, including the payment of players’ salaries, to ensure nothing unexpected happened.
“If they have been appointed and sit on the highest management (of Perak), they should know that the payment of players’ salaries is of utmost importance. They must know how to look for funds and ensure a trouble-free journey for the team throughout the season, ” he said.
Yesterday, Perak chief executive officer Rizal Ali Naizali told a media conference that he will make every effort to resolve the issue of the players’ unpaid April salary before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Rizal also clarified that the action of the players to boycott the training session on May 7 was due to a misunderstanding and that it had been amicably resolved.
Mohd Yadzan, however, believes that the boycott was a last resort by the players to ensure their rights are protected.
“I’m not saying I condone their action. It’s just that we too can assess the matter and their action stems from the fact that they only want what is rightfully theirs, ” he said.
Apart from that, he said there was a big possibility that PAFA may revamp the Perak management line-up if there were any parties willing to offer themselves to be sponsors of the squad for the remainder of the season.
“PAFA are still the biggest stakeholder in Perak. So, we still have the right on Perak. To me, if there are any parties willing to be sponsors, we can discuss. If both parties come to an agreement, we will carry out a revamp to ensure this kind of problem does not recur, ” he said.
He also described the move by skipper Shahrul Saad and Brazilian-born naturalised striker Guilherme De Paula to join Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) as a big loss since they were Perak’s pillars of strength.
“But what can we do to stop them, especially after what happened? I can only hope that the remaining players will continue to be committed to ensure Perak stay in the Super League, ” he said. —Bernama