PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Football League (MFL) have pledged to ensure that the dispute between Negri Sembilan and Kelantan will be heard fairly after both sides appealed over the decision made by the body on a technical issue.
On Aug 27, Kelantan used five substitutes in their Premier League match against Negri. It was the fourth time Kelantan had made such substitutions when the maximum number of times allowed to bring on reserve players is just three. Negri lost 1-2.
The MFL confirmed a protest was lodged by Negri on Aug 30 who wanted the body to use Article 2.1.3, Competition Rules, Malaysia League Manual 2021, to assess the offence committed.
MFL subsequently fined Kelantan RM30,000 for the blunder and will take action on the match commissioner and general coordinator involved in the game.
However, Negri who have earned promotion to the Super League next season, said the game should be forfeited and three points should be given to them.
Negri chairman Col (h) Tunku Syed Razman Tunku Syed Idrus Al-Qadri said they had received the decision letter from MFL on the incident and will appeal accordingly.
Kelantan were also not happy that they were fined and want the match officials to be taken to task.
Both sides have appealed the decision and MFL’s chief executive officer Stuart Ramalingam said their queries would be heard.
“We will refer their appeals to the board for guidance and make a statement on the issue,” said Stuart. “We will not dispute their right to the process. If they feel they have been wronged, they can appeal, and they have done so.”