Football: Angry Ivan to lodge complaint to FIFA

PETALING JAYA: Dead-ball specialist Ivan Ziga has decided to lodge a complaint to FIFA over his shabby treatment in Malaysia. 

The 30-year-old Slovak claimed that he had been victimised by his employer's Sarawak FA (FAS) and has referred to his lawyers for legal action. He said all efforts to resolve the disputes have fallen on deaf ears, including the FA of Malaysia's (FAM) Players Status Committee (PSC), which have kept him waiting in vain. 

“I had wanted to go through the proper channel to resolve the matter in a gentleman manner but they have forced me to go the other way,” said a disappointed Ziga yesterday. 

“I have spoken to my lawyers and have submitted all the relevant documents. Then, I will leave for home and would seek my Football Federation's advise before taking up the matter to FIFA,” said Ziga, who spent more than a month waiting for his case to to be heard by the PSC. 

“I was informed that they (PSC) would arrange for a meeting to resolve the issue in two weeks. But it is more than a month now. I waited in vain and had to use up my savings to pay up hotel and other bills during my stay here. I have not heard from the Sarawak FA or even the PSC. 

“I am sad that the people here don't understand the plight of the foreign players who are stranded here for their dues. I am also unable to find a new club back home because the deadline for registration closes on July 6 and I am still here waiting in vain,” said Ziga. 

The former Public Bank midfielder is unhappy that the Sarawak FA had discarded him barely three months into a one-year contract. 

The Slovakian said he signed a one-year contract with Sarawak on Dec 1 but was surprised when they asked him to leave without any valid reason three months later. The FA had offered to terminate his contract in February but Ziga was unhappy with the terms of compensation. 

Ziga claimed that he had yet to come to an agreement on the termination of the contract but was told to stop training with the team. He alleged that he was given a verbal promise of RM20,000 for his monthly salary but the amount stated in the contract was only RM5,000. 

“They (Sarawak FA) owe me outstanding bills, which I had to pay for my wife's medical bills amounting to RM20,000 and also flight tickets for my family amounting to about RM15,000.  

“I have tried calling them to reach for a settlement but they just simply ignore my calls,” said Ziga. 

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