PENANG: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) warned State FAs to pay up or stay out of the Premier League next season.
At the FAM council meeting here yesterday, vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad said the president Sultan Ahmad Shah had reminded all State FAs to clean up their administration apart from settling all payment due to their players including the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions.
“This is a final warning to all state FAs and they have until the end of this year to make sure that their financial status are in order,” said Dr Ibrahim, after the meeting.
“For the good of football in the country, it is time the teams buck up otherwise they will be barred from the Premier League next year.”
The decision was made at the Council meeting yesterday in the wake of players from numerous teams complaining to the FAM over non payment of salaries.
Dr Ibrahim added that the format for the M-League as well as the Malaysia Cup championships will remain unchanged, despite the sudden pull-out of clubside NS Chempaka from the Premier I League.
“In view of NS Chempaka’s decision, the council have decided only 13 teams will feature in this year’s Premier I League instead of the initial 14,” said Dr Ibrahim.
“We are rather lucky that the pull-out was decided before the draw was made. Otherwise, everything would have been topsy-turvy.”
The FAM also urged all State FA’s also to give their full cooperation to the national body particularly in matters concerning the release of national players either for centralise training or for attachment with foreign teams.
“Although it may affect certain teams in their M-League and Malaysia Cup campaign in due course, it is not going to help our spectatorship if we are unable to produce a strong national team,” he said.
“National players must also be released five clear days before the national training begins and they must not be involved in M-league prior to reporting in for training.”
Meanwhile, Malaysia will play host to two major tournaments beginning with the World Juniors Championship this year and the AFF Tiger Cup tournament next year.
The World Juniors (Under-21) to be held at Bukit Jalil on Mar 12-16 and Malaysia will be pitted against teams like like Brazil, Portugal and South Korea.
For the Tiger Cup tournament, Penang will play host.
“Penang will co-host the first round with Cambodia,” said Dr Ibrahim.
“However, we are not just talking about the first round as we are bidding to host the final round as well, just like what Indonesia did in this year’s tournament.”