SEE YOU IN COURT
Kelantan unhappy with FMLLP over docked points
THE Kelantan FA (Kafa) are ready to go to court over Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership’s (FMLLP) decision to dock them six points while TTeam have settled all arrears and submitted an appeal.
Premier League sides Perlis and Armed Forces are also upset with the decision and it is learnt that the former have threatened to withdraw from the competition.
FMLLP have also imposed transfer bans on the four ahead of the mid-season transfer window, which opens on May 15.
However, the teams can still sign new players if they manage to generate income from releasing members from their current squad during the window.
The teams were docked six points each for failure to provide details over settlements of salaries and other arrears (Socso, Employees Provident Fund and Income Tax) on Tuesday. The deadline was March 31.
Kafa advisor Tan Sri Annuar Musa sees FMLLP’s decision as unfair and alleged that they are trying to weaken Kelantan and other selected teams.
“Kafa will fight. I have informed Kafa to engage a lawyer. We will definitely register Sanna Nyassi ( as replacement for Alessandro Celin) when the transfer window opens. If we can prove that everything we have done is according to the laws of the game we will look at legal avenues,” Annuar said in a post on his Facebook account yesterday.
It is learnt that Kelantan owe several players salaries since 2015. Former signings Jonathan McKain (Australia) and Blaze Ilijoski (Macedonia) have also filed cases with Fifa.
Interestingly, their current striker Mohammed Ghaddar filed a case against Kafa with Fifa in 2014 for unpaid wages and it is understood that the world body have ordered the association to pay the Lebanese a substantial amount as settlement.
“FMLLP and the FA of Malaysia are showing they are organisations for rich teams. The other clubs can start packing up and leave the league,” Annuar added.
T-Team chief operating officer Aidi Naim Samsani said his team have been paying their players promptly but were slightly lax in settling income tax, EPF and Socso payments.
“However, we settled all arrears and submitted the supporting documents to FMLLP for verification today (yesterday). We have also submitted our appeal to FMLLP to reinstate the six points.
“We hope FMLLP will entertain our appeal as we have already settled everything and do not owe money,” said Aidi.
FMLLP chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam responded by stating that several Malaysian clubs have become famous in Fifa’s eyes for not paying players accordingly.
“All concerned teams should not make excuses. We gave them several reminders but did not respond accordingly. T-Team have appealed and our board will look into it,” said Kevin.
FMLLP and the FA of Malaysia are showing they are organisations for rich teams. The other clubs can start packing up and leave the league.
TAN SRI ANNUAR MUSA Kafa advisor
FMLLP chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam