Malacca may also pull out of MSL due to huge debts

PETALING JAYA: Malacca have put their participation in next season’s Malaysian Super League (MSL) in doubt as they are unable to settle outstanding debts amounting to almost RM2mil.

The Malacca FA (Mafa) acting secretary, Jamal Shariff, said that the fate of their state team’s in the Premier League was now in the hands of the FA of Malaysia (FAM).

“We are unable to meet the deadline to settle our debts,” he said yesterday.

“We have also exhausted all avenues, even meeting the Chief Minister, to resolve our financial problems and there is no way we can settle payment for players’ salaries, EPF, income tax and Socso.”

Today is the deadline for registration of teams for the new season. And teams have to settle outstanding debts or face expulsion from the competitions next year.

On Monday, Sarawak, who have debts amounting to RM3mil, informed the FAM of their withdrawal from the competitions and they might stay out for three years.

UPB-MyTeam are also in financial trouble and they may be out of the Super League because they still owe the players three months in salaries.

Their team officials are not prepared to disclose the fate of the club but it is learnt that the players contemplated staging a walkout last week from playing in the Malaysia Cup competition.

Thus far, Selangor, Johor FC (Super League); Johor, PKNS, Proton (Premier League); and Muar Municipal Council (FAM Cup) have met the FAM requirements and they have confirmed participation.

Teams in the Super League are required to have a minimum budget of RM2.5mil and be able to deposit RM150,000 in the FAM. Teams in the Premier League need a minimum budget of RM1.5mil and a deposit of RM100,000.

They also have to produce a letter of undertaking from their sponsors.

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