An­nuar hits back at Ke­lan­tan’s crit­ics

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KE­LAN­TAN’S fail­ure to set­tle wages of for­mer play­ers has reached boil­ing point as they now ques­tion the club’s de­ci­sion to get new im­ports for the cur­rent sea­son.

FIFPro, a global network of player as­so­ci­a­tions, want the FA of Malaysia (FAM) and Foot­ball Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) to set­tle the club’s dues to the play­ers im­me­di­ately.

For­mer play­ers Jonathan McKain and Baze Ili­joski have crit­i­cised Ke­lan­tan on their Twit­ter ac­counts for owing them salaries.

They also ques­tioned the author­i­ties for al­low­ing Kafa to hire new for­eign play­ers. McKain has filed a com­plaint against Kafa to Fifa and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

Ke­lan­tan were re­cently docked six points for not set­tling their debts, and pay­ments to In­come Tax, Socso and Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund.

The club re­cently signed Lebanese mid­fielder Abou Bakar Al Mel as a re­place­ment for striker Mohammed Ghad­dar, who was sold to Darul Ta'zim for RM2 mil­lion.

Ke­lan­tan FA (Kafa) ad­viser Tan Sri An­nuar Musa lam­basted those who crit­i­cised the club.

“They make mis­lead­ing claims about the club with­out check­ing the facts first. They claim they are pro­fes­sion­als... but they are act­ing rather un­pro­fes­sion­ally,” said An­nuar on his Face­book ac­count on Satur­day.

An­nuar was in­di­rectly re­spond­ing to the claims by McKain and Ili­joski on their Twit­ter ac­counts.

“Re­plac­ing play­ers with new ones does not mean added costs es­pe­cially when the club have spe­cial ar­range­ments with agents and other con­cerned par­ties.

“It is a norm for clubs to re­place play­ers... a move to help the club im­prove. We are do­ing this within our bud­get,” An­nuar said. “Please shut up if you have never man­aged a pro­fes­sional team or have never been in a po­si­tion to raise funds for the club to pay play­ers.

“We have been pa­tient with some who go on so­cial me­dia and make mis­lead­ing state­ments. It is against the terms of their con­tracts.”

For­mer Ke­lan­tan player Jonathan McKain (left) has filed a com­plaint to Fifa over un­paid salaries.

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