SEE YOU IN COURT

Ke­lan­tan un­happy with FMLLP over docked points

New Straits Times - - Sport - AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

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

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