Er­rant state FAs are docked points for var­i­ous of­fences

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­

FOOT­BALL Malaysia Lim­ited Li­a­bil­ity Part­ner­ship (FMLLP) mean busi­ness. Yes­ter­day, Su­per League sides Ke­lan­tan and T-Team along with Premier League’s Armed Forces and Perlis were each docked six points for fail­ure to sub­mit their con­fir­ma­tion let­ters over the set­tle­ment of salaries and other ar­rears (Socso) and Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund) from Jan­uary to Novem­ber last year.

The er­rant teams were no­ti­fied ac­cord­ingly. They are likely to ap­peal the de­ci­sion but FMLLP are ex­pected to stand firm and un­likely to re­in­state the six points de­ducted.

The four teams will also have to serve a trans­fer ban in the com­ing mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow if they fail to fur­nish con­fir­ma­tion doc­u­ments over debt set­tle­ments by May 15.

How­ever, these teams can still reg­is­ter new play­ers pro­vided that they earn a rev­enue from sell­ing mem­bers of their cur­rent squad when the trans­fer win­dow opens.

These teams risk get­ting rel­e­gated from their cur­rent leagues if they do not set­tle all debts by Oct 31.

With the points de­duc­tion, Ke­lan­tan have dropped from fifth to sev­enth and are just four points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone. TTeam are level on points with Ke­lan­tan but are eighth on goal dif­fer­ence.

In the Premier League, Armed Forces dropped from ninth to 11th with only four points while bot­tom side Perlis saw their six points earned so far de­ducted com­pletely.

FMLLP chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kevin Ra­ma­lingam said these teams were sent re­minders to pro­vide sup­port­ing doc­u­ments over set­tle­ment of play­ers’ salaries and con­tri­bu­tions to EPF, in­come tax and Socso on Jan 27 and March 7.

“In our sec­ond re­minder (March 7) to clubs, they were in­formed that the dead­line for set­tle­ment was on March 31. The rules and pro­ce­dures were pre­sented dur­ing the M-League brief­ing to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from clubs last De­cem­ber,” said Kevin yes­ter­day.

“The six points de­duc­tion is fair. The four teams need to sub­mit their in­ten­tion to ap­peal within 72 hours. They are our stake­hold­ers and we will work with them to solve the prob­lem.

“Our board will con­sider their ap­peals but I be­lieve stern ac­tion is nec­es­sary as a de­ter­rent. One of the con­cerned teams have not even set­tle ac­cu­mu­la­tive debts from 2015 and also have a case with Fifa.

“The min­i­mum pun­ish­ment for this case is at least three points but we de­cided on six points as we want these teams to feel the full ef­fect of not com­ply­ing to rules.”

Kevin said FMLLP can­not act on ru­mours of un­paid salaries through state­ments from play­ers on so­cial me­dia.

“Some may ar­gue that other teams also owe salaries but we can­not act if there is no com­plaint. I urge these play­ers to re­fer to the

FA of Malaysia or Fifa (for for­eign play­ers) and from there, we can act if the teams are found guilty.”

Kevin be­lieves the in­tro­duc­tion of club li­cens­ing will re­solve the is­sue of teams hav­ing debts.

“All Su­per League must com­ply to club li­cens­ing by Oc­to­ber this year. Un­der a club li­cence, teams have to meet fi­nan­cial and bud­get re­quire­ments and also pro­vide their es­ti­mate fu­ture ex­pen­di­ture.

“How­ever, if there are still is­sues in the era of club li­cens­ing then we will use other reme­dies to over­come the prob­lem.”

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