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Johor side lose appeal against Premier League expulsion


PETALING JAYA: Johor are the new leaders of the Premier League ahead of Harimau Muda following the FA of Malaysia’s (FAM) decision to disqualify Johor Baru City Hall (MBJB) from the competition.

The FAM competitions committee on Tuesday turned down MBJB’s appeal against the decision to expel them from the league for failure to settle insurance premium payments for their players and officials.

The chairman of the committee, Datuk Che Mat Jusoh, also declared null and void the results of all matches involving MBJB.

Che Mat said that the FAM resorted to expulsion after repeated reminders and extension of deadlines to MBJB fell on deaf ears.

“The initial deadline was in December and we extended it three times. All the other teams paid up by the last deadline of March 13. Even though MBJB have now paid up, it’s too late. As stated in competitions regulations, we are left with no choice but to disqualify them,” he said.

Che Mat added that the MBJB players, however, would be allowed to play for other teams when the second transfer window opens next month.

In the league thus far, MBJB played five matches and collected four points from one win, one draw and three defeats. Their sixth match against Proton FC on March 16 was earlier ruled as a 0-3 defeat by default.

The club side were making their debut in the league. They beat SDM Kepala Batas (2-1), drew with Sarawak (0-0) and fell Kuala Lumpur (0-1), Sabah (0-2) and Harimau Muda (0-1).

With the decision to rule all their matches null and void, Johor lead the 13-team standings on 19 points from seven matches — six wins and a draw. Harimau Muda, who have a game in hand, are in second spot with a maximum 18 points.

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