Ghad­dar’s days with Ke­lan­tan look all but over

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MO­HAMMED Ghad­dar’s days with Ke­lan­tan are likely to be num­bered as the east coast side could be forced to sell the Le­banese striker to raise funds to pay debts.

Ke­lan­tan were among the four teams docked six points for fail­ure to set­tle play­ers’ salaries, and con­tri­bu­tions to Socso, In­come Tax and the Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund yes­ter­day,

Ghad­dar, who has net­ted 16 goals in 11 matches for Ke­lan­tan this sea­son, is now the hottest prop­erty in Malaysian foot­ball. A Su­per League side with a ‘very’ healthy bank bal­ance have of­fered Ke­lan­tan a huge com­pen­sa­tion to buy out his con­tract ahead of the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow, which opens on May 15.

On Sun­day, Ke­lan­tan an­nounced that Gam­bian for­ward Sanna Nyassi will re­place the in­jured Alessan­dro Celin in the com­ing win­dow.

The de­ci­sion an­gered the team’s for­mer de­fender Jonathan McKain, who has yet to re­ceive sev­eral months' salary from the club.

The for­mer Aus­tralia in­ter­na­tional, who has filed a com­plaint with Fifa, slammed Ke­lan­tan on his Twit­ter ac­count and his grouse was taken up by FIFPro, the world play­ers' union.

Foot­ball Malaysia Lim­ited Li­a­bil­ity Part­ner­ship (FMLPP) have also im­posed a trans­fer ban on Ke­lan­tan for the up­com­ing mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow but there is still a lee­way to get new sign­ings.

“On Ke­lan­tan’s de­ci­sion to sign a new player, we will see what hap­pens when the trans­fer win­dow opens. They can still sell and mu­tu­ally ter­mi­nate con­tracts of play­ers in the cur­rent squad to raise funds.

“They can still have new sign­ings but all trans­ac­tions must be within the rev­enue raised from re­leas­ing or sell­ing play­ers. We will mon­i­tor Ke­lan­tan dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow,” said FMLLP chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kevin Ra­ma­lingam yes­ter­day.

Mean­while, FMLLP la­belled Pa­hang’s re­fusal to per­mit se­lected broad­cast re­porters from cov­er­ing their FA Cup semi-fi­nal first leg match against Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan last week­end at Darul­mak­mur Sta­dium as breach of com­mer­cial reg­u­la­tions.

“We will wait for the re­port over the in­ci­dent be­fore mak­ing a state­ment. If it is true, then they have breached reg­u­la­tions and the pun­ish­ment could in­volve fund­ing from com­mer­cial dis­tri­bu­tions,” Kevin added.

Ghad­dar may have to leave Ke­lan­tan for fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

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